|PUBLIC ADVISORY: Notice of raising Mayon Volcano’s status from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 4 as of January 22, 2018.|
PHIVOLCS: MAYON VOLCANO BULLETIN 27 February 2018 8:00 A.M.PHIVOLCS has raised the alert level to Alert Level 4 in effect over Mayon Volcano. The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the eight (8) kilometer-radius danger zone, and to be additionally vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden stream flows along channels draining the edifice.
SUMMARY | Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano.
Mayon’s condition for the past 24 hours was characterized by weak lava fountaining, lava effusion and degassing from the summit crater. Lava fountaining events lasted two (2) minutes to one (1) hour and 17 minutes and generated fountains 150 meters tall and steam-laden plumes that rose to 100-600 meters from the summit before drifting west-northwest, northwest, and north-northeast. In the evening, lava effusion from the vent was observed to continue feeding lava flows that have maintained fronts at 3.3 kilometers, 4.5 kilometers and 900 meters on the Miisi, Bonga and Basud Gullies, respectively, from the summit crater. Seven (7) episodes of lava-collapse pyroclastic density currents (PDC) were visually observed between 6:06 AM and 1:36 PM yesterday on the Miisi, Basud and Bonga-Buyuan Gullies within 4 kilometers of the summit crater.
A total of one hundred twenty-eight (128) volcanic earthquakes, seventy-nine (79) of which correspond to lava fountaining events, and twelve (12) rockfall events were recorded by Mayon's seismic monitoring network. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 2,787 tonnes/day on 26 February 2018. Deflation of the lower slopes that began on 20 February is still being recorded by electronic tilt. Nonetheless, overall electronic tilt and continuous GPS data indicate that the edifice is still swollen or inflated relative to November and October 2017, consistent with campaign Precise Leveling data acquired last week.