With Mayon Volcano’s condition in the past week, status from Alert Level 4 was lowered to Alert level 3 as announced by Eduardo Laguerta at the Press Conference held today, March 6, 2018 at the AECID Hall, Apsemo Bldg.
Mayon’s Volcano’s Condition in the past week showed a decrease in eruptive activity at the summit crater and has been characterized by PHILVOLCS by a general decline I unrest reflected by moderate seismicity and degassing, deflation of the edifice.
According to Laguerta on the Presscon, Mayon shows deflation and no new magma is formed, external sources was also recorded that caused detected earthquakes.
“Mayon is now deflated, walang bagong magma ang naform” Laguerta said.
However, Laguarta cleared that the lowering of Alert level does not necessarily mean Mayon is done with its wrath, he also said that possibility of increasing of Alert Level 4 again is existent.
“Di to nagpapakita na tapos na, hindi pa talaga tapos yung nangyayari sa Mayon, Depende sa pinapakita ng buljan pwede pa itong itaas ulit.” He said.
He also added that the increasing or decreasing of thethe alert level of Mayon will still depend on its activities, it it shows continuous decline in unrest, Mayon can be decreased to Alert Level 2.
“But if bumama yung pinapakita nito (Mayon), it can be decreased to alert level 2” Laguerta added.
Accrdg to Dr. Cedric Daep of PDRRMC, “we have to maintain the 7 km east southeast but 6 km around Mayon.”
With the lowering of the alert level on Mayon, about 14,000 families will be decamped from the evacuation centers leaving the 2,666 families whom are residing within the 6 kilometer permanent danger zone.
Governor Al Bichara instructed that the decamping will depend on the LGUs to optimize the operation and see to the affected families’ needs better. As ordered by Gov. Bichara, “bago idecamp, magpapabaon pa din ang probinsya ng bigas.”
OCD 5 Regional Diretor, Claudio Yucot, said trucks will be provided on the decampment. However, LGUs still need to coordinate with them and inform when decampment be done.
Legazpi city’s decampent will be on thursday according to Mayor Rosal. PGA-PIO JA Prianes