Phivolcs: 144 earthquakes recorded in Bulusan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2011 03:34 PM | Updated as of May 17 2011 11:34 PM

SORSOGON, Philippines – Activity in Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon is being closely monitored by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) after 144 seismic earthquakes were recorded in a span of 24 hours.

Phivolcs said there is a possibility of a “phreatic” explosion in the next few days, similar to one that occurred on May 13.

However, a magmatic explosion is not expected to occur.

The monitored restiveness in Bulusan has prompted Phivolcs to maintain a Level 1 alert status.

Reports of a second eruption were also dispelled by Phivolcs. The white smoke seen emanating from the volcano’s vents was merely steam.

Meanwhile, Alert Level 1 is still in effect in Mayon Volcano in Albay after Phivolcs recorded 6 seismic earthquakes.

Alert Level 2 is hoisted over Taal volcano. Six earthquakes were also recorded in Taal in the last 24 hours.

Phivolcs said there is a possibility that the 3 active volcanoes may erupt in succession, and noted that it has happened in 2006, when Mayon, Bulusan and Kanlaon erupted. -- Report from Lyn Niebla, ABS-CBN Sorsogon