Mighty Canlaon erupts (a’lil) anew

Mount Kanlaon in Negros Oriental erupted Saturday morning June 18 under a state of unrest, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The eruption at the La Castellana side of the volcano started at 9:19 a.m. and lasted for less than half an hour. Phivolcs said Kanlaon spewed ash of about 1,312 ft (400 m) to the sky.

Phivolcs said the eruption was steam-driven or phreatic, the result of ground water coming into. It also reported that ash fall was experienced in barangays San Miguel, Gintubdan and Araal in La Carlota, Negros Occidental.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum told CNN Philippines “there can be more explosions” in Kanlaon but assured the public that the agency is closely monitoring the volcano’s seismic activities.

“Based on our monitoring we have not seen precursors or signs of magma moving up to the shallower part of the crater,” Solidum said. “Unless we see these signs then we will stay at Alert Level 1,” he added.

In its 8 a.m. bulletin, Phivolcs said, Kanlaon is under Alert Level 1, an “abnormal” state which indicates that “hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions.”

“The local government units and the public are reminded that entry to the 4- kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions,” Phivolcs said.

It also advised civil aviation authorities against flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash can be hazardous to the aircraft.

Residents near Kanlaon are told to be vigilant against lahar flow in the event of heavy rainfall. Solidum said evacuation is not necessary under Alert Level 1, but will be mandatory under Alert Level 3. (CNN Philippines)

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