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Bulusan spews ash for 2nd time in a week

By: - Correspondent / @msarguellesINQ
/ 01:22 AM October 20, 2016
Mt. Bulusan spewing ash.         —ANDREW JOSEPH ZUNIGA/CONTRIBUTOR

Mt. Bulusan spewing ash. —ANDREW JOSEPH ZUNIGA/CONTRIBUTOR

LEGAZPI CITY—For the second time this week, Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon province spewed ash on Wednesday but government volcanologists said there is no cause for alarm.

A bulletin released by the Philippine Institute of Volcanolgy and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday said a minor phreatic (steam-driven) explosion occurred at 4:58 a.m. from vents on Bulusan’s southeastern upper slope. The explosion generated a kilometer-high ash column and lasted for nine minutes.

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Crispulo Deolata, Phivolcs volcanologist based in Sorsogon, said ash from the explosion drifted toward villages near the volcano’s slopes in Bulusan and Irosin towns.

The steam-driven explosion came two days after a minor eruption in Bulusan on Monday. Wednesday’s event was the third this month.

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Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist based in this city in Albay province, said this type of eruption has been a “normal occurrence” in Bulusan.

“What we are closely checking is the presence of fresh magma expelled by the volcano, indicating that magma is developing beneath the vent,” he said. —WITH A REPORT FROM REY ANTHONY OSTRIA

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