Mt. Mayon spews more ash


Posted at Dec 14 2009 03:17 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2009 11:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Mayon Volcano in Albay province spewed more ash on Monday, raising fears of an imminent eruption.

Alex Baloloy, science research specialist of the local Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology office, said minimal amount of volcanic ash drifted downwards facing the northwest portion of the volcano.

He said the ash explosions occurred at 7:04 a.m., 1038 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:21 p.m. and 1:04 p.m.

PHIVOLCS also recorded 42 high frequency volcanic earthquakes and 535  tons of sulfur dioxide emission in the past 24 hours.

The agency said the activity was normal for a volcano under alert level two but they are not discounting the possibility of a major eruption. Baloloy said entering the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone and the 7-kilometer extended danger zone is strictly prohibited.

Residents near the danger zone said they are already prepared for possible evacuation.