Volcanologist believes Mayon Volcano still unrest

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50th DAY of Mayon Volcano's Monitoring during regular press briefing with (from left to right) Dr. Cedric Daep, OCD Dir. Raffy Alejandro and Resident Volcanologist Ed Laguerta (holding the mike) facing the media.PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL / BICOLTODAY.COM
50th DAY of Mayon Volcano’s Monitoring during regular press briefing with (from left to right) Dr. Cedric Daep, OCD Dir. Raffy Alejandro and Resident Volcanologist Ed Laguerta (holding the mike) facing the media.PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL / BICOLTODAY.COM

SOLON’S  CONSPIRACY THEORY:

By Elmer James Bandol

LEGAZPI CITY, 4Nov2014 (BicolToday.com) – – Resident Volcanologist, Ed Laguerta, has remained steadfast on his stand that Mayon Volcano’s condition still on alert level no. three and possible eruption may happened behind congressmen’s theory of conspiracy between the local chief executives in Albay and the local Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (Phivolcs).

This was bared Monday, during the regular press briefing, now on its 50th day of monitoring the volcano’s condition, which promptedAlbay congressmen to conduct legislative inquiry last Oct. 30, 2014.Albay Representatives, skeptical about the volcano’s real score are: Ferdinand Lagman; Al Francis Bichara and Fernando V. Gonzalez, had invited representatives of Phivolcs and APSEMO Head Dr. Cedric Daep.

“I was asked to swear in by Albay congressmen when given the time to speak during the inquiry. They wanted to know whether conspiracy between Phivolcs and the local chief executives really exists”, said Laguerta when asked by this writer what he feels about the legislator’s invitation.

HELP FOR EVACUEES piling up as representatives of Spanish government agency confer with APSEMO head Dr. Cedric Daep (sitting at the table) PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL / BICOLTODAY.COM
HELP FOR EVACUEES piling up as representatives of Spanish government agency confer with APSEMO head Dr. Cedric Daep (sitting at the table) PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL / BICOLTODAY.COM

Laguerta explained that the dome created near the volcano’s crater is significant sign that any volcano would erupt, however, due to low pressure inside Mayon the intruding magma could not be pushed out but instead only small amount of lava flows were observed on Oct. 12 and 14, 2014. He believes that an estimated of 2 million cubic meters were pressed, out of 30 million cubic meters inside the magma chamber.

According to him, the geologic team of Phivolcs that conducted physical and geo-chemical surveys concluded that the volcano is still beyond its normal condition and found out having a “facelift” or repairing itself. “The sings shows small percentage to lower alert level, but bigger percentage that it will erupt, the situation never happened since the creation of Phivolcs”, Laguerta emphasized.

During said press briefing Daep also explained that the evacuation conducted by the local government units in Albay was based on “scientific findings and recommendations” by Phivolcs and agreed upon during meetings conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction & Mitigation Council (PDRRMC) and implemented by Gov. Joey S. Salceda.

GETTING LESSER: Media practitioners covering the regular press briefing at APSEMO is getting fewer as the number of days increase at the evacuation camps of more than12,000 families displaced.PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL / BICOLTODAY.COM
GETTING LESSER: Media practitioners covering the regular press briefing at APSEMO is getting fewer as the number of days increase at the evacuation camps of more than12,000 families displaced.PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL / BICOLTODAY.COM

“We cannot legislate as to when the volcano will erupt, we have to prepare and move ahead of time to minimize risks, but we based our decisions from the technical findings of the government agency concerned”, Daep told media practitioners as he brushed aside politics saying that Phivolcs will issue “special advisory”, apart from the regular 24-hour observation bulletin following the congressional inquiry.

Meanwhile, Bicol Civil Defense Dir. Raffy Alejandro said that there are 29 vehicles available to move out in case Phivolcs will lower alert level and to decamp more than 12,000 families staying at 46 evacuation centers. He said, with the present mobility assets, it would take three to four days to bring back evacuees to their own homes. [BicolToday.com]

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