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Sorsogon starts decampment of evacuees as Bulusan calms down

Bulusan Sorsogon

‘THUNDER-LIKE’ Mt. Bulusan’s “thunder-like” explosion on Sunday morning sent hundreds of families scrambling to government shelters. Local officials appealed for drinking water, food and other basic necessities for the evacuees. —MARK ALVIC ESPLANA

LEGAZPI CITY––Three days after leaving their village due to threats of restive Bulusan Volcano, at least 400 families who took shelter in evacuation centers in Sorsogon province were allowed to go home.

Dr. Edric Vargas, in charge of the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) health section of Juban’s rural health unit, said 121 families or 418 residents of Barangay Puting Sapa at the Juban Evacuation Center and Gymnasium were decamped on Wednesday morning.

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Bernadette Tabing, DRRM coordinator of the Department of Education in Juban, said the local government continued its flushing in ashfall-affected areas, including school buildings.

“Thank God, because the rainfall this morning somehow helped in cleaning the roofs,” Tabing said.

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Ashfall reached the villages of Puting Sapa, Buraburan, Añog, Bacolod, Buraburan, Calmayon, Catanusan, and Guruyan in Juban and Bolos, Cogon, Monbon, Tinampo, and Gulang Gulang in Irosin, when Bulusan spewed out a kilometer-high grey plume during the 17-minute phreatic eruption on June 5.

In its 8 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it recorded 11 volcanic earthquakes around Bulusan Volcano within the last 24 hours.

The volcano also let out a 200-meter tall plume of steam while its edifice remained inflated.

Alert level 1 (low-level unrest) remains hoisted over Bulusan Volcano, which means sudden steam-driven or phreatic eruptions may still happen, the Phivolcs bulletin warned.

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