AllvertaGlobal – Mount Bulusan in the Philippines has erupted and spewed volcanic ash. This condition made the local government evacuate people from cities covered in ash.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the eruption of Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon Rural Province occurred on Sunday (5/6) for about 17 minutes. The ash plume spread for at least a kilometer (0.6 miles).
“There was a phreatic eruption of Bulusan Volcano, which means the explosion was caused by boiling water under the crater,” said Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
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The agency said ash shrouded two towns in Sorsogon, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the capital Manila. While reports of injured victims have not been found.
In Juban City, two villages experienced “zero visibility” due to the thick ash. A fire truck was also dispatched to clear the area.
“Evacuations are underway there, but our priority is the elderly and those with asthma,” said Disaster Office Officer Dennis Despabiladeras.
Authorities raised the alert to level one on a five-level system indicating “low level of anxiety”. They also warned of the possibility of further eruptions.
Therefore, residents who enter a four kilometer radius around the mountain are asked to be careful because of the increased possibility of sudden and dangerous phreatic eruptions.
Residents around valleys and rivers are also advised to be alert to mud and river flows in case of heavy rains.
The Manila Airport Authority said so far no flights had been affected by the eruption, though pilots had to exercise caution in areas affected by the eruption.
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Mount Bulusan has been active in recent years with a dozen similar eruptions recorded in 2016 and 2017. The Philippines itself lies on the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 20 active volcanoes.