LEGAZPI CITY, May 7, 2013 (PNA) – A steam-driven ash explosion hit Mayon Volcano early Tuesday prompting the provincial disaster body to issue an advisory suspending human activity within and down the slopes of the volcano, said Albay Governor Joey Salceda.
“These include the suspension of all-purpose transport vehicle rides, trail runs and picnics, among other activities,” he added.
Salceda said Director Rene Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)told him in a phone call that at 8:04 a.m. an ash explosion of at least 500 meters in height was spewed thus advising the public to be cautious.
He said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reductin and Management Council (PDRRMC) is also in the process of verifying still unconfirmed reports of a foreign mountaineer killed, who had climbed the volcano without notice or approval from the provincial authorities. Initial reports said 20 foreign mountaineers climbed the volcano but the governor is still confirming the information.
Salceda stressed in the same advisory that while Mayon Volcano remains on “Alert 0,” the public is advised to observe the six-km permanent danger zone.
The Phivolcs has yet to issue an official bulletin as assessment of the volcanic activity.(PNA)