Four months after state volcanologists raised the alert level for it, Mayon Volcano in Bicol exploded before dawn Wednesday, spewing ash reaching over 1000 meters up in the air.
But while Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) head Renato Solidum Jr. said it was the most powerful explosion since July, the alert level for Mayon remained at “2.”
“It is one of the scenarios we expected under Alert Level 2 – which includes spewing of ash and rocks. But these materials reached only two kilometers away around the upper slopes of the Volcano. However, there were traces of ash going to the southwest direction, reaching up to Camalig town in Albay,” Solidum said in an interview on dzBB radio.
While he said Phivolcs has no immediate plans to raise the alert level for the volcano, he advised residents to be ready to evacuate once the need arises.