A few hours ago, Gov. Al Francis Bichara, the provincial governor of Albay posted on his Facebook account advising the residents to wear their face-masks and to stay indoors as Mayon started to spew lava and ashes around the area. Also, classes in all levels both in private and public schools were suspended in the whole province of Albay.
In a picture posted by Gov. Bichara, a huge smoke was seen during the major eruption that was recorded at 1 pm on January 22.
Also, according to Bichara, there was a zero visibility that has been reported in the municipalities of Guinobatan, Camalig and Ligao after the major ash explosion.
Meanwhile, in CNN’s interview with Usec. Renato Solidium Jr., officer-in-charge of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs, said they extended the 6-km permanent danger zone to 8 km danger zone from the crater as the increase seismic activity and lava fountaining continuously occurring in Mayon Volcano.
Because of this, everyone was warned that a hazardous eruption may happen anytime in the coming days. But, Gov. Bichara told CNN that the kind of eruption that we are expecting may be the kind of eruption that happened before.
“This kind of eruption is not over yet. Just like what we experienced a long time ago, it might extend up to a month,” “Maybe tomorrow, there will no eruption, and the following day there will be (one).”
However, residents are still advised not to panic but in essence, just be prepared for anything that might happen.
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