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Pumice stones, volcanic debris found along Batanes shoreline

By: - Correspondent / @VillVisayaJrINQ
/ 05:32 PM November 24, 2021

Pumice stones and volcanic debris were found along the shoreline of Batanes. (Photo courtesy of PDRRMO-Batanes)

TUGUEGARAO CITY––Pumice stones and volcanic debris believed to have originated from an underwater volcano in Japan were found along the shoreline of Batanes province, officials said Wednesday, Nov. 24.

In a statement, Cesar Roldan Esdicul, Batanes provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer, said the volcanic materials were washed onto the Sitio Maydangeb shores in Ivana town.

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The materials were discovered Sunday in the coves of the Batan and Sabtang islands.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said ocean currents carried the volcanic materials from Fukutoku-Okanoba Volcano that erupted in August to the shores of Batanes. The volcano is 2,000 kilometers from the northeastern portion of Batanes and Aparri in Cagayan.

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The light-colored pumice is a volcanic rock made of highly vesicular rough-textured volcanic glass.

But Phivolcs said pumice stones could damage passing boats and marine biodiversity.

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