Kanlaon Volcano on Alert Level 2
Kanlaon Volcano is now on Alert Level 2.
An increase in volcanic activities within the volcano’s immediate surroundings prompted the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to raise its alert status to moderate level of unrest, yesterday morning.
“Alert Level 2 status now currently 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,” a Phivolcs announcement said.
“The local government units and the public are strictly reminded that entry into the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions,” Phivolcs also said.
“Kanlaon’s seismic monitoring network recorded a total of 279 deep volcanic earthquakes for the past 24 hours. Since August 18, 2017, the number of volcanic earthquakes detected per day has continued to increase. 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,” it added in its advisory yesterday.
“Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ejecta from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft,” Philvolcs said, adding that DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Kanlaon Volcano’s activity and any new development will be relayed to all concerned.
Local authorities have not imposed any evacuation yet for residents living around Mt. Kanlaon.
Zephard Caellan, head of the Negros Occ. provincial disaster risk reduction office told Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) yesterday that Alert Level 2 “is just a moderate level of unrest. We will continue to monitor developments,” Caellan said.”
Caellan said that a meeting is set today among disaster management officers of the cities of Bago and La Carlota as well as the municipalities of Moises Padilla and La Castellana with the Response Committee Cluster of the Provincial Disaster Reduction and Management Council to review the Kanlaon Contingency Plan.
“The people living the volcano knows when it is time to go when the quakes keep on increasing,” he said.
He also clarified that it is the Department of Environment and Natural Resources who should impose a ban on trekking.
“Let us pray and prepare that there will be no eruption. The public should continue to monitor their surroundings,” Caellan said.*(Arman P. Toga w/KBE)