Water volume falling in areas near Mayon

Published January 24, 2018, 5:47 PM

by Nida Ramos-Oribiana

By Aaron Recuenco

LEGAZPI CITY— The Mayon Volcano is seemingly sucking water from some of the sources here in Albay.

Volcanologist Paul Alanis, of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said they have been monitoring a decrease in the water volume in some of the areas, especially near the Mayon Volcano. “But it comes with the volcano eruption,” he said.

Mayon Volcano spews ash and lava, Wednesday, January 24,2018. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayon Volcano spews ash and lava, Wednesday, January 24,2018.

He, however, would not disclose the areas where the water sources are affected.

Alanis explained that during a volcano eruption, the pressure that pushes the water to go up are decreasing because of the cracks in the land that occur during inflation of the edifice of the volcano.

As a result, the tendency is for the water to go down which result in either decrease in the volume or drying up of some water sources.

The behavior of water in its sources is one of the signs that local residents here observe before any Mayon eruption.

Another volcanologist from Phivolcs, Ed Laguerta said that the inflation of the land near the volcano is also one reason why the water in some sources appear to decrease or dry up.

“Due to the inflation (of the edifice of Mayon), the water is displaced and would head to another direction. So the water does not exactly dry up,” said Laguerta.

The decrease of water in its sources came just as authorities start to deal with the sudden demand of water in evacuation centers.

As of yesterday, more than 60,000 people are housed in 52 evacuatipn centers in various areas in Albay, mostly in Legazpi, Sto. Domingo and Camalig.

The provincial government has been supplying drinking water through special arrangements with water refilling station owners here in Albay.  It also promised to deliver enough water for taking baths and doing laundry.