Mayon Volcano spews ash

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Photo by Bert Recamunda

 Photos by BERT RECAMUNDA

Photo by Bert Recamunda

Photo by Bert Recamunda

Photo by Bert Recamunda

Photo by Bert Recamunda

Perfect cone Mayon Volcano in Legaspi, Albay spewed ash called a phreatic event which lasted 73 seconds. An advisory by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said that grey to brown clouds reached 500 metres above the summit and drifted west southwest. As at its 8.30am advisory, PHIVOLCS maintained a Level 0 Alert, meaning no imminent magmatic erruption. However, phreatic explosions of steam and ash may occur suddenly and without warning. The public is advised to stay away from the six-kilometre radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) “due to a threat of sudden steam-driven eruptions and rock falls from the upper and middle slopes of the volcano,” the Advisory further said.

In a report by the Philippine Star online (as of 9.45am Manila time), five have so far died and seven hurt as a result of the phreatic event.

For an update on the Mayon activity, visit PHIVOLCS official website http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph

Bert Recamunda captures images of the Mayon spewing ash.

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View related raw video footage taken by Philtimes correspondent Bert Recamunda.

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