Another Boom Bada Boom: Mount Bulusan erupts sending ash 2 km in the air

Mount Bulusan, Philippines, has spewed a 2-kilometer ash plume on December 29, 2016.

The phreatic or steam-driven eruption happened at around 2:40 p.m. Ashfall affected Barangay (village) Bolos in Irosin town.

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Four days after ravaging Typhoon Nock-Ten, Mount Bulusan erupted violently on Thursday afternoon, sending a 2-kilometer ash plume in the air.

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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs) said the the explosion-type earthquake lasted 16 minutes from 2:40 p.m.

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Greyish to dirty white plume were observed being ejected from the summit of the volcano and drifting west northwest, but no villages were affected by the ashfall in Bulusan.

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No evacuation has been reported as of press time.

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But residents within valleys and along river or stream channels southwest and northwest of the volcano were reminded to guard against sediment-laden stream flows and lahar in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall.

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Phivolvs also reminded the public not to enter the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

Before this, Bulusan generated a seismic earthquake in the last 24 hours and showed increased seismic activity between December 22 and 29.

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