500-meter lava fountain shoots out of “unpredictable” Mayon on Sunday evening

Image by PHIVOLCS' Facebook post
  • A 500-meter-high lava fountain shot out of Albay’s Mayon Volcano at 10:46 p.m. on Sunday
  • The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) earlier warned disaster and local officials not to be relaxed, reminding them that Mayon Volcano remains in a highly unpredictable state

Just when Albayanos are hoping the Mayon Volcano would continuously proceed on a downward trend, stargazers, motorists, relaxed and busy citizens alike were shocked upon seeing the fiery volcano spew out a 500-meter-high lava fountain.

According to PHIVOLCS, an ashfall of undetermined amount accompanied the lava fountain, and drifted southwest, settling over Guinobatan and Oas towns.

PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum earlier stressed that it is too early to say Mayon Volcano will continue to proceed on its downward trend.

“We have to observe for at least two more weeks before we could come up with a decision to lower the alert status of Mayon, if its present non-explosive eruption episode would be sustained,” he said.

Meanwhile, about P6 million worth of donations, was received by the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO) of Albay as the nature’s wonder continues to pose threat in the province.