The Philippine Volcano Observatory (PVO) has warned that an eruption of the Mount Mayon Volcano in the central Philippines is “likely” and could occur in the coming hours or days. The volcano, which has been erupting for weeks now, is spewing lava and ash high into the sky. If an eruption does occur, it could be deadly for residents living nearby.
A Volcanic Eruption in the Philippines is Brewing
A deadly eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines is possible in the coming hours or days, authorities warned on Wednesday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that a “violent” eruption could happen at any moment, The Guardian reports.
Since Sunday night, Mount Pinatubo has been spewing lava and ash into the air. Authorities have warned residents living near the volcano to evacuate.
As of Wednesday morning, ash was raining down on nearby villages and had even reached as far as Manila, more than 100 miles away. A hazardous eruption warning has been issued for the area.
“It is very likely that a violent eruption will occur at any time,” Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said in a statement. “We cannot rule out an imminent eruption that could affect large areas with potentially high loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure.”
What to Expect if an Eruption Occurs
An eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines is spewing lava and ash, and authorities have warned that a deadly eruption could occur in the coming hours or days. If you’re in the area, here’s what to expect:
-Lava flows: The eruption has produced large amounts of molten rock and ash which are flowing down the side of the mountain. Watch for reports of fast-moving lava flows near residential areas.
-Aerial evacuation: Authorities are warning people to evacuate as soon as possible if they’re within a mile of the volcano. If you can’t evacuate, be prepared to shelter in place with doors and windows closed.
-Air quality: The ash and gas from the eruption can cause serious breathing problems, so it’s important to avoid exposure if possible. If you have to go outside, use a face mask and stay away from areas where ash is falling.
How to Prepare for an Eruption
If you live near a volcano, it’s important to be familiar with the signs of an impending eruption. Volcanes often make loud noises, send ash and gas skyward, and release lava. In the event of an eruption, follow these simple tips to stay safe:
1. Stay away from the eruption site. If you are within a mile of the eruption, evacuate immediately.
2. Protect your eyes and respiratory system. Wear safety goggles and avoid breathing in ash or smoke. If you are unable to leave the area, shelter in place and cover your nose and mouth with a cloth or a piece of plastic to protect yourself from ash particles.
3. If you are stranded near the eruption site, don’t try to climb down into the crater; instead seek refuge on higher ground. If there is no higher ground nearby, dig a hole in the ground and crawl into it. Do not attempt to swim away from an eruption; if you are caught in the water by the eruption, you could be killed by boiling magma or steam.
What to do if You’re in the Area When an Eruption Happens
If you’re in the area of a possible eruption, the first thing to do is to stay away from the ash and lava. If you are caught near the eruption, take cover behind something solid and get as far away from the eruption as possible. If you are feeling faint, nauseous, or have chest pain, go to an hospital.
What to Do If You’re Affected by an Eruption
If you’re in the vicinity of a volcano in the Philippines, now is the time to heed warnings from local authorities. A deadly eruption could occur in the coming hours or days. Here are some tips on what to do if you’re affected:
If you live near a volcano, avoid the area. Close all windows and doors and keep your family safe by staying indoors. If you must leave your home, do so quickly and avoid areas that have been evacuated. If there’s ash or smoke in the air, stay away from it. Even if there isn’t an eruption currently underway, volcanic ash can cause respiratory problems for people who are exposed to it. If you see any signs of an impending eruption, like tremors or an increase in lava activity, promptly call your local emergency number.
With reports of a volcano in the Philippines spewing lava and ash, authorities have issued a warning to nearby communities that an eruption could occur at any time. If you are in the area and are feeling unsafe, please take heed of the warnings and stay away from the volcano. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about how this event is affecting you personally, please contact your health care provider for advice.