Mayon’s activity yesterday and today is just the start of its “disastrous” eruption — Resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta

Resident Volcanologist Ed Laguerta and the Mayon Volcano, photo taken in January, 2018 (Image by Ed Laguerta, Legazpi City, Proud to be Albayano, and PHIVOLCS' Facebook posts)
  • According to Mayon Volcano Resident Volcanologist Eduardo “Ed” Laguerta, Mayon’s most recent activities are just “the start of a disastrous erruption”
  • The volcano has already been erupting for days that started more than a week ago
  • Ed Laguerta, a geologist-volcanologist who works at PHIVOLCS, is perhaps the most trusted guy when it comes to experience in Mayon’s activities as he has been its resident volcanologist for 25 years
  • His statement in an interview with DZGB on Tuesday was shared on Facebook by Albay’s 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”.

After Mayon Volcano’s scary eruptions, lava flow and ashfall for the past few days, the Bicolanos deeply were saddened to hear the news that those are just “the start.”

Mayon Volcano’s Resident Volcanologist Ed Laguerta said on a Tuesday interview with radio station DZGB that “Mayon’s activity yesterday and today is just the start of its disastrous eruption.”

According to the PTV, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned on January 22 that a “hazardous eruption” might occur in the coming days, when the Mayon’s cone-shaped portion, called edifice, might partially collapse with more intense lava flows.

“Disastrous” may be too strong a word, but the point here is not to spread panic or terror but rather to put emphasis on preparedness involving those who live in the surrounding area.

PHIVOLCS also warned disaster and local officials not to be complacent; reminding them that Mayon remains in a highly abnormal and unpredictable state.

Several residents in Albay also told Kicker Daily News that this Januray 2018 eruption of Mayon is, so far, the “longest”, if not one of the longest of its kind which they have witnessed. The elders said that usually an eruption like the one in the featured image occurs only in one day, just a few lava flows and ashes — and that’s it. But this time, “this is really something,” they said.