3 volcanic quakes shake coastal Mt. Mayon with steam plumes spotted in the Philippine Islands

No imminent eruption, but watch out!

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The Mount Mayon perfect cone by Bubblews

DAET, Camarines Norte – A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has hit the northern shores of Camarines Norte and Catanduanes provinces early morning on Sunday, May 11, 2014. The tremor epicenter was at 93 kilometers northwest of Pandan town, Catanduanes and was tectonic in origin. It was felt at around 4:07 a.m. The quake was too far from the mainland to affect residents and property and no aftershocks were expected.

Meanwhile, three volcanic earthquakes on Mt. Mayon during the past 24-hour observation period. Moderate emission of white steam plumes that drifted west-northwest and west-southwest was also noted over the same period but no crater glow was observed last Saturday night. The volcano’s sulfur dioxide flux was measured at an average of 487 tons/day on May 6 while its geodetic results from ground deformation survey showed that its edifice, which showed swelling in November last year, has deflated and has returned to its 2010 level. Mayon Volcano’s alert status remains at Alert Level 1, which means that it is still at abnormal condition but no magmatic eruption is imminent.

The public was strongly advised to refrain from entering the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the perennial life-threatening dangers of rockfalls, landslides or avalanches at the middle to upper slope, and sudden ash puffs and steam-driven or phreatic eruptions from the summit. – Newsinfo-Inquirer

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