Mayon Volcano now on ‘normal’ status

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — The state volcanology agency on Friday said it lowered the alert status of Mayon Volcano in Albay from Level 1 (abnormal) to Level 0 (normal) of the five-step warning system.

No alert means “no eruption in foreseeable future,” according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Phivolcs said it has observed a “continued decline” in Mayon’s volcanic activity since July 17 last year, including fewer earthquakes.

“The frequency of volcanic earthquakes has declined to baseline levels (zero to five events per day) for the last six months,” Phivolcs said in a statement

“This indicates that rock-fracturing within the volcanic edifice associated with magmatic or hydrothermal activity has diminished,” the institute added.