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Philippine volcano ejects ash, but no threat of eruption

Philippine volcano ejects ash, but no threat of eruption

According to the Manila Bulletin, a Philippine volcano has spewed ash for the second time in less than a week but there were no signs of any violent eruption, the country's chief volcano expert said.

Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon province southeast of Manila ejected ash 250 meters above the 1,565-meter volcano late Wednesday, said Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The agency asked local officials to keep people away from a 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) hazardous zone around the crater, he said. He said aircraft should not fly close to the mountain to avoid any sudden explosions and ash clouds.

Solidum said the explosion was due to ground water coming into contact with hot rocks and not rising magma. He says such explosions are typical of Bulusan. The ash explosion lasted about 3-1/2 minutes, shorter than the 5-minute explosion recorded May 1.

Updated : 2021-09-21 03:35 GMT+08:00