Alert Level 2 raised over Mt. Kanlaon

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised Wednesday the alert status of Mt. Kanlaon from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 2

As of 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, November 15, Kanlaon Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded a total of 279 volcanic earthquakes for the past 24 hours.

Since August 18, the number of volcanic earthquakes detected per day has continued to increase.

Phivolcs said there has been no visible degassing or steaming from the active vent this year, although increased unrest could possibly develop into steam-driven or phreatic eruptions at the summit.

Alert Level 1 status means the active volcano has a period of unrest.

At present, Alert Level 2 status prevails over Kanlaon Volcano, which means that the volcano is undergoing a moderate level of unrest. There is probable intrusion of magma at depth which may or may not lead to a magmatic eruption.

The local government units and the public are strictly reminded that entry into the four-kilometer radius permanent danger zone is strictly prohibited due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions.

Also, civil aviation authorities are instructed to advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ejecta from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. (SunStar Philippines)