Images of Mayon Volcano‘s faint crater glow posted over social media by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has caused some alarm online, and those residing near the volcano were also alarmed.
“Faint crater glow at the summit of Mayon Volcano. Mayon has been at Alert Level 1 since July 17, 2020 and recorded 10 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes yesterday (Wednesday), January 20, 2021,” the post of Phivolcs stated.
The agency’s volcano bulletin page also showed that besides the 10 tremors recorded from the volcano on Wednesday, Phivolcs also recorded on Tuesday (January 19, 2021) two volcanic earthquakes.
However, on Thursday, Phivolcs recorded no volcanic quakes from Mayon Volcano.
Philvolcs is still maintaining Alert Level 1 in the Mayon Volcano area, and this means “that it is at an abnormal condition.”
“Although this means that presently no magmatic eruption is imminent, it is strongly advised that the public refrain from entering the six-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the perennial life-threatening dangers of rockfalls, landslides/avalanches at the middle to upper slope, sudden ash puffs and steam-driven or phreatic eruptions from the summit,” Phivolcs said.
The most recent eruption of Mayon Volcano was in January 2018, causing Phivolcs to raise Alert Level 4. SOVEREIGNPH