LEGAZPI CITY – A fine ashfall due to “ash” or a small explosion of ash and gas from the Mayon volcano covered some parts of Guinobatan town in Albay on Monday morning, November 20.
Joy Maravillas, head of Guinobatan’s disaster risk reduction and management office, said ash hit the villages of San Francisco and Maipon and the city center.
Mayor Paul Chino Garcia said the ashfall was short-lived, but they were still monitoring the situation.
“At the moment, our area is clear, but monitoring is continuous, as volcanic ash may fall along with the rain,” Garcia said in a chat message.
He said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that about 30 rockfalls, a pyroclastic density current, an ash-bearing volcanic earthquake and a tremor were recorded at the volcano.
Phivolcs director Teresito Bacolcol said the ash is caused by degassing or the sudden release of steam with the ash.
“Ash happens when a volcano releases a small explosion of ash and gas into the air. This creates a visible cloud that rises quickly but spreads quickly,” Bacolcol told the Inquirer via text message. INQ
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