MANILA, Philippines (Updated)-At least five persons were killed and seven other climbers were hurt when Mayon Volcano in Albay province spewed ash known as a phreatic eruption on Tuesday morning.
According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Mayon produced a small phreatic event at 8 a.m. which lasted about 73 seconds, sending out ash 500 meters above its crater.
Eduardo del Rosario, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said there were 27 hikers were on the volcano area requesting assistance.
Dead were four foreign nationals and 1 Filipino tour guide.
Rescued able bodied were 10.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda also reported that rescue teams are already being dispatched to the area to check for other climbers and guides who are trapped near the crater.
In Albay PDRRMC casualty report as updated by Gov. Salceda online, dead were foreigners (to be confirmed with German embassy) Joanne Edosa, Roland Pietieze, Farah Frances, Furian Stelter and local Jerome Berin. All were located at in Camp 2 Malilipot.
Rescued but suffering from injuries were Thai nationals Nithi Ruangpisit, 26, and Tanut Ruchipiyrak, 26; Austrian Sabini Stroberger, 32; and Filipinos Bernard Hernandez, 25, Calixto Balunso, 30, and Kenneth Jekesalva, 21.
They sustained bruises, swelling and fractures in various parts of their bodies.
Gov. Salceda has ordered suspension of human activities within 6-kilometers permanent danger zone, to include “mountain climbing, farming and orchid gatherings and ATV tour activities beyond lava front.”
“While Mayon is on alert ‘0’, extra care and caution in conducting human activity in the 6-kilometer danger zone area,” said Gov. Salceda on their advisory no. 1 issued.
Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said “there’s no need to evacuate,” adding they are continuously monitoring the volcano’s activity.
“The recent activity Mayon volcano is still considered normal…a phreatic or shallow explosion only involves giving off steam, water, volcanic rocks and ashes, but without magma,” said Solidum in his media reports.
Philvocs maintained the crater’s condition to be at Alert Level Zero, as the recent activity of Mayon is a “normal process” in any volcano, Solidum added
“No volcanic earthquake was detected within the past 24-hour observation period. Seismic and gas emission parameters remain within background levels and indicate no intensification of volcanic activity,” Philvocs said on its advisory Tuesday morning.