U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines
US Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines
June 6, 2022
Natural Disaster Alert – Mount Bulusan at Alert Level 1
Location: Around Mount Bulusan and high-risk barangays around the volcano
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has elevated the status of Mount Bulusan from Alert level 0 to alert level 1 after its eruption on June 5 at 10:37 a.m.
Mount Bulusan is an active volcano located in the province of Sorsogon in the Bicol region. It lies 70 km southeast of the Mayon Volcano and about 600 km southeast of the city of Manila.
After the eruption, PHIVOLCS reported fine ashfall in the northwest sector of the mountain affecting the barangays of Puting Sapa, Añog, Guruyan, Catanusan, Buraburan, Bacolod and Sangkayon in Juban town and Bolos in the town of Irosin, all of which are in the province of Sorsogon. Rumbling and sulphurous smells were also reported by residents of the barangays of Añog, Guruyan and Catanusan.
Under Alert Level 1, a permanent danger zone (PDZ) with a radius of 4 kilometers around the volcano is established prohibiting entry and vigilance in the extended danger zone (EDZ) of 2 kilometers beyond. that of the southeast sector is mandatory due to the possibility of sudden, dangerous eruptions that can occur without warning. Local authorities carried out rescue operations in the PDZ on June 5. The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Sorsogon reminds all travelers that hiking or sightseeing activities within the 4 kilometer PDZ are strictly prohibited.
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