PHIVOLCS equipment near Mayon stolen… again

Image by PHIVOLCS' Facebook post
  • Thieves have again stolen equipment from Phivolcs; this time in an observatory station in Guinobatan town, Albay
  • This is the 3rd time that thieves took Phivolcs equipment since Mount Mayon’s eruption this year
  • Resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said that the recorded data is their basis in determining whether magma is developing and making its way up to the volcano’s summit

Thieves have again stolen equipment from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs); this time in an observatory station in Guinobatan town, Albay.

Phivolcs resident volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta said the solar panels that were stolen provide power to an equipment vital in measuring sulfur dioxide emission in the air.

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)

Laguerta already reported the incident to the Guinobatan police after Phivolcs personnel discovered that the solar panels kept in Barangay (village) Masarawag were missing on Thursday.

“The recorded data is our basis in determining whether magma is developing and making its way up to the volcano’s summit, especially now that the volcano is still exhibiting crater glow,” Laguerta said.

This is the 3rd time that thieves took Phivolcs equipment since Mount Mayon’s eruption this year, Laguerta said.

In January 2018, the agency’s solar panel and batteries were also reported stolen at Barangay Padang.

In February 2018, several equipment were also discovered missing at Phivolcs’ hydrology station at the same barangay. The padlock of the aluminum container was destroyed, two batteries and two solar panels were gone when the agency’s personnel arrived at the scene.

Image via ABS CBN

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