OCD-NIR issues alert status on Kanlaon Volcano

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ISLAND, June 30 (PIA) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) though the Office of Civil Defense-Negros Island Region (OCD-NIR) has issued an alert status on Kanlaon Volcano.

This is to advise the local government units and Negrenses that entry into the four-kilometer radius of Mt. Kanlaon’s permanent danger zone is strictly prohibited to ensure the safety of the residents living near the volcano.

It is said Alert Level 1 status remains in effect over Kanlaon Volcano, which means that it is currently in a state of unrest probably driven by hydrothermal processes that could generate more minor eruptions.

The alert bans people from going closer to Kanlaon Volcano  due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or minor ash eruptions.

Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded five volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours.

Weak emission of white steam plumes that rose up to 100 meters that drifted southwest and nortwest was observed coming from the active vent.

Pilots are also warned to avoid flying near the volcano.

Mt. Kanlaon straddles the provinces of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental.

The Canlaon City government in northern Negros Oriental is keeping a close watch following a raised alert level for Kanlaon Volcano. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on June 30, 2016)

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