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Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon Volcano as seen from Legazpi City, Albay. The alert level at Mayon was raised yesterday as abnormal activity continued to intensify

Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon Volcano as seen from Legazpi City, Albay. The alert level at Mayon was raised yesterday as abnormal activity continued to intensify

MANILA, Philippines – A major and violent eruption of Mayon Volcano could be just days away, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned yesterday.

Phivolcs yesterday raised the alert from level three to four, which means that an explosive eruption could take place in days, following a greater frequency of earthquakes and sulfur dioxide emissions.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said they raised the alert level at the volcano because of a significant increase in the number and size of volcanic earthquakes and tremors, sustained high sulfur dioxide gas emission and rumbling sound.

“This means that a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within days, thus, areas expected to be affected by such eruption will be accordingly extended,” Solidum said.

Solidum also told reporters that “what we are preparing for is a hazardous eruption and a quick descent of pyroclastic ash flow.”

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