LEGAZPI CITY: VOLCANOLOGISTS monitoring the activities of Mayon Volcano reported that a wider lava flow was seen early Sunday morning coming out of the Bonga Gully at the southeastern quadrant of the volcano.
Ed Laguerta, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) resident volcanologist, said during the flow was about 100 meters wide and about 300 meters long from the crater of Mayon.
He noted that last Sunday, another lava flowed down the volcano up to 350 meters down along the side of the same gully.
“The flow this time has more volcanic materials compared to that of last Sunday’s,” Laguerta said.
He disclosed that the lava flows confirm the magma is continuously rising towards the summit of Mayon, although its ascent is very slow.
“While there was a crater glow, it was faint and could not be seen by our naked eyes because of thick clouds,” Laguerta added.
He said, however, that the glow at the summit would become intense once the magma approaches the summit.
Laguerta also stressed that although the volcano’s ground inflation decreased, this does not mean that the activity of Mayon has weakened and instead warned the public that the situation has become critical.