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Fact Check on the Status of Mayon Volcano

The famous volcano located in Albay has been on Alert Level 2 since 2018.

  • Taal Volcano has had volcanic activity since the afternoon of January 12, 2020 and ash clouds from it has reached as far north as Metro Manila
  • Posts regarding the status of Mayon Volcano being on Alert Level 2 a day after the activity in Taal has circulated online
  • PHIVOLCS has issued an official statement regarding the status of Mayon Volcano and that it is indeed at Alert Level 2 and is considered to be at a moderate level of unrest

Natural events can happen at any time, during any circumstance, when we all least expect it. Taal Volcano, as an example, has suddenly showed major volcanic activity during the afternoon of January 12, 2020, which led to the evacuation of residents in the immediate area. Flights were also suspended and that all citizens were made aware of possible ash fall in Tagaytay, which also reached as far up north to Metro Manila.

Taal Volcano is said to be the second most active volcano in the country, where it is currently at Alert Level 4, and posts in social media suddenly circulated that the Mayon Volcano is on Alert Level 2.

Mayon Volcano. Image credit: wikipedia.org

Mayon Volcano is located in Albay, in the Bicol region. It is most famous for having the “perfect cone” with how the volcano is shaped overall. It is also the most active volcano in the entire country.

With social media spreading the news about Mayon Volcano and possibly spreading fear among the netizens, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, or PHIVOLCS, has issued an official statement on January 13, 2020 regarding the volcano’s current status.

PHIVOLCS has said that there has been no earthquakes of volcanic nature within the 24 hour observation period that they had and all emissions that they have detected are of the same baseline that they were observing since 2019.

Statement made by PHIVOLCS regarding Mayon Volcano. Image credit: phivolcs.dost.com.ph

Alert Level 2 is declared on Mayon Volcano which means that it is at a moderate level of unrest. What this means is that it does not show any immediate signs of an eruption, but any sudden volcanic activity can happen at any time without warning. PHIVOLCS has once again reminded residents that entering the declared Permanent Danger Zone around the volcano is prohibited.

Alert Level 4 was declared on Mayon Volcano back in January 2018 until March 2018 after it showed a Strombolian eruption, or an eruption with mild blasts coming from its crater. It has been lowered to Alert Level 2 on March 28, 2018.

 

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