Kanlaon Volcano unrest, earthquakes, steam plumes reported

Kanlaon Volcano unrest, earthquakes, steam plumes reported

DUMAGUETE CITY — Authorities are warning the public anew against entering the Permanent Danger Zone of the Kanlaon Volcano in northern Negros following the latest unrest reported.

A situation update sent by the Philippine National Police (PNP) here said that as of 8 a.m. of Saturday, Kanlaon Volcano’s seismic monitoring recorded three earthquakes during the past 24 hours.

Also reported were weak emission of white steam plumes that rose 100 meters that drifted southwest and northwest.

Alert Level 1 status remains in effect over Kanlaon Volcano, which means that it is current in a state of unrest probably driven by hydro-thermal process that could generate more minor eruptions.

The local government units (LGUs) and the public are reminded that entry into the four-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone is strictly prohibited due to further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or minor ash eruption.

Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as airborne ash from a sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.

The PNP report, sent by acting provincial police director Sr. Supt. Harris Fama, was based on a Kanlaon Volcano bulletin from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. PNA / northboundasia.com