Mayon volcano spews thick ash cloud anew

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Mayon Volcano spews an ash column around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) — Mayon Volcano once again spewed thick ash clouds reaching five kilometers in height Wednesday morning, according to the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

 

CNN Philippines captured the eruption around 6:05 a.m. 

This was followed by another column of ash at around 10:56 a.m.

 

On Tuesday morning, Mayon also emitted ash clouds which were followed by more columns of ash past noon.

Mayon has so far expelled 6.2 cubic meters of volcanic material but this is expected to increase with the volcano's continuous activity.

According to Phivolcs Director Dr. Renato Solidum, the volcano is currently undergoing strombolian activity, which means frequent and moderate eruptions are expected.

Authorities and residents living in areas surrounding the Mayon Volcano are still on alert for a possible bigger hazardous eruption.

Australian aid

The Australian government announced Wednesday that it will provide up to AUS$775,000 (around ₱31.5 million) to help tens of thousands of people in evacuation centers.

The money, which will be coursed through the Philippine Red Cross, will  go to providing tarpaulins, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans and hygiene supplies to the evacuees.

According to data from Albay's provincial disaster risk reduction and management office, 10 cities and municipalities are now affected by the series of eruptions:

  • Legazpi City
  • Ligao City
  • Daraga
  • Camalig
  • Guinobatan
  • Oas
  • Polangui
  • Malilipot
  • Tabaco
  • Sto. Domingo

The region's local Health Department office reported there are over 602 cases of coughs and colds, and 596 cases of acute respiratory infection from January 15 to 23. The phreatic, or steam-driven eruptions, started on January 13.

Solidum earlier warned the residents near the volcano to prepare gas masks, handkerchiefs, or clothes to prevent inhalation of volcanic ash, which may have adverse health effects.

Vice President Leni Robredo was expected to visit the evacuation centers in Albay,  where over 40,000 residents are staying, on Wednesday.

CNN Philippines Correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report.