Mayon Volcano spews ash, residents told to exercise caution

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — Mayon Volcano spewed ash in a "steam-driven eruption" on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.

The phreatic or steam-driven explosion started at 5:06 p.m. and was ongoing as of 6 p.m., PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum told CNN Philippines.

He said Mayon remains under Alert Level 1 and residents of Albay are advised to exercise caution.

"The main danger will be the ash fall so people should cover their mouths and noses with wet clothes or handerchief or even mask," Solidum said.

Ash fall has been reported in the towns of Camalig and Guinobatan in Albay.

Netizens reported hearing rumbling sounds and smelling sulfur in towns near the volcano.


Provincial disaster officials in Albay ordered the immediate evacuation of residents in 16 barangays at the foot of the volcano.

Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office Head Cedric Daep announced the barangays are from the municipalities of Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Malilipot, Tabaco City and Ligao City.

Evacuees will be staying at public elementary schools designated by the local government units in corresponding towns or cities.

PHIVOLCS also advised civil aviation authorities against flying close to the volcano's summit as ash can be hazardous to the aircraft.

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