Volcano in Philippines Nearing Eruption

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines, Dec. 18 (UPI) — The Mayon Volcano in the Albay Province of the Philippines is nearing possible eruption after days of volcanic activity, state volcanologists said Friday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said since Monday alone, Mount Mayon has endured 248 volcanic quakes and tremors, including 50 explosion-type events, the Philippines Bulletin reported.

“However, only seven (events) were observed during times of good visibility. These explosions produced dark gray to dark brown ash columns that reached a maximum height of up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above the summit before drifting southwest,” institute director Renato Solidum said.

Lava has already begun exiting the volcano during the recent activity and lava fragments have traveled nearly 2 ½ miles down Mayon’s slopes.

The Bulletin said as a precaution, the institute issued a relatively high unrest alert status for the volcano and recommended no human activities take place within the danger zone surrounding the volcano.

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