Mt. Pinatubo emitting ‘unusual’ smoke

Mt. Pinatubo emitting ‘unusual’ smoke

After the 6.1 magnitude earthquake last April 22, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology(PHILVOLCS) is keeping a tight watch on Mount Pinatubo following reports of “unusual” smoke emitting from different areas near the volcano’s summit.
“The Department of Science and Technology-Phivolcs is closely monitoring 24/7 the Pinatubo Volcano. So far, the Pinatubo volcano-seismic monitoring network has not detected any changes in the condition of the volcano after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake [on April 22],” said Phivolcs in a statement.
However, Philvolcs, said the stream activity seen from a far may just be caused by sliding rocks.

Mt. Pinatubo (photo credit to owner)

The generation of dust clouds, blown by winds, was verified by a team of volcanologist who went to Sitio Pasbul, Barangay Camias, Porac, Pampanga on April 24.
Residents around the area have observed zero visibility shortly after the earthquake , apparently brought by ash fall at Barangays Sta Fe, San Marcelino, Yangil and Banawen in San Felipe, Zambales. Similar events have been noticed in Brgys. Nabuclod in Floridablanca and Brgys. Inararo and Camias both in Porac, Pampanga.

“These observations were relayed to us after the earthquake that raised concerns on the effect of temblor on the volcano,” Phivolcs said.

Philvocs assures the public that there were no signs of volcanic activity or unrests following the Aprill 22 earthquake.

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Report from Manila Standard

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