Phivolcs: Mt. Halcon not a volcano and will not erupt

Published May 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The state volcanology bureau assured the public on Wednesday that Mt. Halcon which is located in the island of Mindoro is not a volcano and will not erupt.

(Mt. Halcon Baco Official / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Mt. Halcon Baco Official / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) gave the assurance after receiving reports on Mt. Halcon’s alleged eruption circulating in social media.

According to Phivolcs, photos of Mt. Halcon with an illuminated cloud, which the agency said “presumably must be emanating from the peak,” has been making the rounds in social media followed by rumors that it is about to erupt.

Mt. Halcon, which is the highest peak in the Central Mindanao Ranges, is among the toughest mountains to climb in the Philippines rising at 2,586 meters above sea level.

Currently, Phivolcs is closely monitoring four active volcanos in the country including Mayon which is on Alert Level 2, Taal and Kanlaon both on Alert Level 1, and Bulusan.