The Philip­pines takes pre­cau­tions as vol­cano turns lively

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

The Philip­pines has stock­piled food sup­plies in case of evac­u­a­tions af­ter a vol­cano emit­ted ash and smoke six times in re­cent weeks, of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

In ad­di­tion to the emer­gency food packs, author­i­ties are closely watch­ing com­mu­ni­ties near Bu­lu­san vol­cano 390 kilo­me­ters (243 miles) south­east of Manila, said pres­i­den- tial spokesman Her­minio Coloma.

The latest emis­sions came on Fri­day, with two other erup­tions ear­lier last week.

“The gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor the be­hav­ior of Mount Bu­lu­san ... so we can safe­guard the wel­fare of about 34,000 af­fected res­i­dents in 22 vil­lages and five towns,” said Coloma.

The gov­ern­ment vol­cano moni- tor­ing in­sti­tute said that so far, the emis­sions have been caused by ground­wa­ter mix­ing with hot rocks in­side the 1,565-me­ter vol­cano.

These “phreatic erup­tions” have sent ash and smoke into the air, cov­er­ing the vol­cano’s slopes and nearby towns, said Winchelle Ian Sevilla, the of­fi­cer head­ing a team mon­i­tor­ing Bu­lu­san.

He said that as long as peo­ple stay out of the four-kilo­me­ter “dan­ger zone” around Bu­lu­san, they would not be hurt by any fall­ing rocks.

Air­craft have also been warned to avoid Bu­lu­san in case of a sud­den ejec­tion of ash.

De­spite the ac­tiv­ity Sevilla said there was no sign magma was ris­ing in­side the vol­cano, in­di­cat­ing there was no im­pend- ing erup­tion of lava.

Bu­lu­san’s last de­struc­tive erup­tions were from Novem­ber 2010 to Fe­bru­ary 2011, even­tu­ally forc­ing hun­dreds of vil­lagers to evac­u­ate. Th ere were no re­ports of ca­su­al­ties or dam­age.

The Philip­pines is lo­cated in the seis­mi­cally ac­tive Pa­cific “Ring of Fire” and has over 20 ac­tive vol­ca­noes.

AP

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