During the weekend, the Mayon volcano in the Philippines repeatedly spewed ash, forcing the authorities to evacuate two villages in its vicinity and raise the threat level, warning of potential “dangerous magmatic eruptions.”
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Sunday urged local residents not to approach a radius of six kilometers from the mountain in order to avoid accidents from sudden explosions, rockfalls and landslides.
The volcano, located in the southeast of the main Philippine island of Luzon, twice spewed ash – on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. After eruptions, a “weak crater luminescence” was observed. The giant also throws stones.
The threat level was raised to the 2nd, and the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned that volcanic activity “is probably of magmatic origin, which can lead to more phreatic eruptions or, ultimately, to dangerous magmatic eruptions.”
Some people still remain in the danger zone, hoping that the threat is not “critical” yet.