Ash that the volcano released around 12:45 p.m. fell on three villages in the town of Camalig.
As the Mayon volcano continues to spew ash and lava, the danger zone around the 2,462-meter volcano has been expanded to a radius of 8 km for the safety of many locals living nearby. Yesterday, January 23, Mayon belched out two successive 10-kilometer-high ash columns at noon. Volcanologists raised the alert at the volcano to Level 4, signifying a hazardous eruption is imminent. Many netizens were able to capture the beautiful yet deadly explosion.
6:05PM 1-23-18Mayon Eruption (From Start to End)Legazpi CityVideo is playing at 3x actual speed..so not real time.
Alert Level 5 signifies a hazardous eruption is under way.
“We expect possibly more explosions and we’re on the alert for stronger ones,” Director Renato Solidum Jr. of the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said at a press briefing in Quezon City.
The explosion sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam cascading down Mount Mayon’s slopes and shrouded nearby villages in darkness. Cedric Daep, head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office, said the ashfall also affected the entire third district, particularly Guinobatan town and Ligao City.
The ash caused zero visibility to motorists and rescuers from the military and disaster responders, who were evacuating residents from the 8-km radius of the volcano. As of this article’s writing, more than 27,000 villagers have already fled the area since the volcano started acting up more than a week ago.
Mayon is in coconut-growing Albay province, about 210 miles south-east of Manila. With its near-perfect cone, it is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently. The volcano has been spewing ash, lava and pyroclastic material since Jan. 13.