Kanlaon erupts, travel restricted

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday started imposing a travel restriction in the immediate area of Mount Kanlaon in Negros Oriental after it erupted twice on Tuesday evening.

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Senior Supt. Harris Fama, the director of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO), said they have started implementing travel restriction within the four-kilometer radius from the crater of Kanlaon.

“We are imposing travel restriction from within the four-kilometer radius of Mount Kanlaon, meaning that travel within the four-kilometer radius is now prohibited,” he said.

The police official said that minor volcanic eruptions was monitored on Tuesday evening from Mount Kanlaon in Canlaon City, sending plumes of ash up to 1,500 meters into the sky.

Fama said that the first eruptions from the volcano was recorded at around 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday and the second eruption was recorded at around 7:18 p.m. the same day that lasted about 12 minutes and 25 seconds, respectively.

No lava has come out of Mount Kanlaon’s crater. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said based on GPS monitoring data as of March 14, 2016, there has been a slight inflation of Mount Kanlaon’s edifice since December 2015.

“These seismic events were recorded by the Kanlaon Seismic Network as explosion type earthquake from the Southeastern side of the volcano,” Fama said.

The police official added that incandescent ejecta from the volcano have apparently caused small bushfire at the upper slope as observed from La Castellana town.

“Traces of light ash fall were also reported in Sitio Guintubdan in Brgy. Aral-al, La Carlota City, Negros Oriental,” the police official said.

Fama added that two episodes of volcanic tremor were also recorded from 10:38 p.m. Tuesday up to 12:06 a.m. and from 1:30 a.m. up to morning of Wednesday.

“For this reason, we have decided to impose travel restriction from within the four-kilometer radius of the volcano,” Fama said.

WITH REPORT FROM IZA IGLESIAS

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