Mt Bulusan belched ash in 4th eruption this week

According to the local disaster risk reduction and management offices ( DRRMO) from different towns, Mt Bulusan belched out a 2.5 kilometer high ash column Sunday afternoon in its fourth phreatic (steam-driven) eruption this week.

Bulusan Municipal Risk Reduction and Management officer, Renard Fullon Garados said that the ash column came out of the volcano’s crater and southeast vent at around 3:31 p.m.

Garado also said that Mt Bulusan erupted with ash which was described as dirty white and grayish, and lasted for 15 minutes.

However, as of the time of Garados’ interview, Mt Bulusan eruption has no reported effect to nearby areas.

“No affected barangays yet as of the moment,” Garados said, adding that the wind direction was carrying the ash southward.

Further, Garados also said they are still waiting for word from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) regarding this event.

Meanwhile, in Irosin town, the MDRRMC there reported that very small amount of ash was recorded in barangay (village) Cogon.

While, the MDRRMC in Juban town also claimed some villages were affected by ashfalls but a list of affected barangays there is still not available as of press time.

This week, Philvolcs has recorded three phreatic eruptions last Oct. 17, 19 and 21 from Mt Bulusan which brought  minimal ashfalls in villages in the towns of Bulusan, Irosin and Casiguran.

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