South East of the Philippines Mayon Volcano increased in volcanic earthquakes; Officials maintain Alert level 3

Mayon Volcano Mayon Volcano in Albay still under Alert Level 3, July 17, 2023. GMA Regional TV Balitang Bicolandia © GMA Regional TV Balitang Bicolandia

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Important Takeaways:

  • PHIVOLCS: Mayon volcanic earthquakes up, lava flows ‘bulked up’
  • Slow effusion of lava from Mayon Volcano’s crater continued to feed and bulk up established lava flows amid an increase in volcanic earthquakes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said Wednesday.
  • “Respectively, these lava flows have maintained distal lengths of approximately 2.8 kilometers, 2.4 kilometers and 600 meters from the crater,” it said.
  • PHIVOLCS also recorded 304 volcanic earthquakes and 137 rockfall events over the past 24 hours. The number of volcanic earthquakes was higher compared to the 267 recorded the previous day.
  • Three pyroclastic density currents (PDCs) and 30 ashing events that lasted 20 to 40 seconds were also recorded.
  • “The combined seismic energy release of these, however, has not increased beyond the trend of effusive activity,” PHIVOLCS said.
  • “Alert Level 3 is maintained over Mayon Volcano, which means that it is currently in a relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption within weeks or even days is possible,” PHIVOLCS said.

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