By Chito Chavez
Mayon Volcano emitted seven series of intense but intermittent fountaining from its crater from Thursday morning till Friday morning.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that lava fountaining reached as high as 500 meters while generating ash plumes that popped up to three kilometers above the crater.
The lava fountaining lasted from 26 to 57 minutes.
Phivolcs officials noted that there have been 15 volcanic earthquakes and 19 tremor events that corresponded to seven lava fountaining occurences.
“There was also one episode of pyroclastic density current generation from lava collapse and numerous rockfall events,’’ the agency said.
Alert Level 4 remains in the effect over Mayon Volcano, which means a hazardous eruption is imminent.
In its latest report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that 21,733 families or 83,533 people have been affected by the continued unrest of Mayon Volcano.
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit the evacuees who were forced out of their home due to the Mayon Volcano eruption.
The government has placed the province of Albay under a state of calamity since January 16.