The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) released an advisory stating that “an ash eruption occurred from the active crater of Kanlaon volcano”. The eruption was reported to have lasted around 12 minutes based on the seismic record of the Institute.
Rumbling noise was heard in barangays around the active volcano including Brgy. Ara-al and Brgy. Yubo, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental and Brgy. Pula, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental.
Given these recent events, PHIVOLCS placed Alert Level 1 status over the volcano. According to the advisory, Alert Level 1 means that the volcano “is at an abnormal condition and is in a period of current unrest. The local government units and the public are reminded that entry into the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited”.
The initial report did not mention any injury or damage to property.
The last reported eruption of Mt. Kanlaon prior to Wednesday night’s was on December 27, 2015. Minor ash eruption was observed by the Institute during that time were booming sounds were also heard in surrounding barangays.
Mt. Kanlaon is an active volcano on Negros island in central Philippines. It straddles the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. While it is an active volcano that is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is a favorite hiking destination since it is the centerpiece of Mount Kanlaon Natural Park.