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‘Blue Alert’ Raised in Negros Occidental Over Mt. Kanlaon Explosion

Alert Level 2 raised due to Mt. Kanlaon eruption

By: Niña Caraig | June 04, 2024
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Mt. Kanlaon

The Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Occidental

Image: Provincial Government of Negros Occidental Facebook page

The powerful Mt. Kanlaon, an active volcano located on Negros Island, erupted for six intense minutes at 6:51 PM on Monday. Consequently, PHIVOLCS raised the Alert Level from Alert Level 1 (abnormal) to Alert Level 2 (increasing unrest) at 8:00 PM.

Shortly after the announcement, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of Negros Occidental took immediate action by placing the province under a "Blue Alert."

"This means there is current unrest driven by shallow magmatic processes that could eventually lead to further explosive eruptions or even precede hazardous magmatic eruption," PHIVOLCS said.

According to PHILVOLCS, a significant amount of coarse ashfall and sulfurous odors in communities on the volcano's western slopes have been recorded.

In the province of Negros Occidental, situated near Mt. Kanlaon, are the municipal government of La Castellana and the city of La Carlota. These units are home to communities residing at the base of the volcano. Other villages near the volcano are San Carlos and Bago cities, and the towns of Moises Padilla and Murcia. Meanwhile, evacuation was ordered in four barangays: Masulog, Pula, Lumapao, and Malaiba.

The cautions

Due to the potential hazards posed by the Mt. Kanlaon eruption, entering the four-kilometer permanent danger zone is strictly prohibited, as there are increased chances of a sudden and hazardous phreatic eruption.

Residents are strongly encouraged to wear face masks for everyone’s health and safety.

Pilots are advised to avoid flying near the volcano's summit. This precaution responds to the potential dangers of airborne ejecta resulting from a sudden phreatic eruption. In response to this advisory, PAL, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have canceled flights scheduled for June 4, 2024.

Moreover, people in valleys and near rivers should be cautious of sediment-laden stream flows and lahars during prolonged heavy rainfall.

Mt. Kanlaon, situated among the two dozen active volcanoes in the Philippines, is the sole volcano under Alert Level 2. Meanwhile, Mayon in Albay, Bulusan in Sorsogon, and Taal in Batangas are all categorized under Alert Level 1.

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About Niña Caraig
Niña is the Content Development Manager at Yoorekka. Prior to Yoorekka, she began her career at a publishing company. In her free time, she loves to pamper herself, go shopping, and watching movies with her friends.
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