Kanlaon mellows; Signal No. 1 lifted in NegOcc

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Kanlaon volcano has calmed down after days of volcanic activities last week.

In its advisory released at 8AM today, February 22, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported only fourteen (14) volcanic earthquakes during the 24-hour observation period. It also noted a slight decreased in Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions which was measured at an average of 587 tonnes/day on 17 February 2021.

Last February 16, PHIVOLCS recorded a total of 33 volcanic earthquakes and observed moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes that rose 700 meters before drifting southwest.

But PHIVOLCS warned the public from entering the volcano’s 4-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) as Kanlaon remains under Alert Level 1, which means that it is at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest.

AURING UPDATE

As of 2PM, today, February 22, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has officially lifted Signal No. 1 in Bacolod and the entire of Negros Occidental.

According to PAG-ASA Auring weakened into a Low Pressure Area at 11:00 AM today prior to crossing the Rapu-Rapu Islands, Albay.

It is forecast to move northwestward to westward and may traverse Bicol Region, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and northern Mindoro in the next 24 hours. There is an increasing likelihood of the disturbance dissipating while traversing Southern Luzon. [updated, 2/22 | 3PM]

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