Alert level 4 raised over Mayon Volcano

Over 11000 Displaced By Volcano Eruption In Philippines Return Home – Officials

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised alert level 4 over Mayon Volcano in Albay on Monday.

On Thursday, Phivolcs said that Mayon, a major tourist attraction in Albay as the volcano with the world's most flawless cone, underwent a "facelift" with a new dome that formed after a recent unrest that started on Jan.13.

Level 5 is the highest warning, which means risky explosion is taking place. Authorities have extended the danger zone around the mountain to five miles from the crater.

The mandatory evacuation is applied at alert level 3 where the swelling of the volcano's mouth is evident and lava rockfall and thick ashes are released. It began spewing ash, rocks and mud on January 13, and the eruption has been attracting hundreds of tourists to the region.

Residents have been advised to stay indoors and wear face masks due to a vast amount of ash fallen in the villages surrounding Mt Mayon, located in Albay province in southeastern Luzon.

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said all schools would be closed on Tuesday and the danger zone has been expanded from 6km (3.7m) to 8km (5m) around the crater.

The dome replaced the old lava dome that was formed when the volcano erupted in 2014, according to Phivolcs.

Scientists raised the alert level for Mount Mayon to four on the scale of five, indicating that a major eruption is possible within hours or days. But based on past Mayon eruptions, evacuation may be as short as three weeks to one month.

Around 30,000 people living in the areas close to the volcano have been evacuated right after the volcano eruption produced an ash column high of 10 kilometers.

Donors can contact TAYO at Door 2, Citispire Bldg., Imelda Roces Avenue, Gogon, Legazpi City or telephone number 0927 665 4715 for cash or in kind donations. It also stated that lava eruptions have already resulted in an ash plume of up to 1,300 meters (4,300 feet) above the summit.

For his part, Legazpi Mayor Noel Rosal has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the residents of Barangays Matanag, Mabinit, Buyuan, Bonga and Padang, which are nearest to Mayon.

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