Renato Solidum, Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change of the Department of Science and Technology, said Mt. Kanlaon is far from erupting soon but people should understand the risk and be prepared.
“Worrying, you don’t (have to be),but you need to be prepared. People should be prepared in the long term for what Kanlaon can show. It will be good if it will not lead to an eruption and we don’t see it right now, but conditions might change sometime in the future,” Solidum said.
Solidum, who is also Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director, said that in Kanlaon and in other volcanoes at Alert Level II, local government units must prepare communities for what they need to observe, watch out for, and what are needed to prepare and how to conduct evacuation once the alert level increases.
Solidum said he thinks that there is magma involved in Kanlaon Volcano’s current activity but it is deep below, so there is no evidence yet that there will be any magmatic eruption.
“Now, based on ground deformation and global positioning system data, we think that there is pressure below but it is still deep, so that the statement is that even though it is at alert level II, which is abnormal, it is not increasing in terms of tendencies towards a higher alert,” Solidum added.
However, he warned that there is a second type of eruption called phreatic eruption which is the kind shown by Kanlaon Volcano since monitoring started.
This is an equally dangerous kind of activity for people very close to the crater of the volcano, thus, the public is reminded to stay away from the 4-km radius permanent danger zone.*
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