Manila: The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that it was monitoring Mount Kanlaon in Negros Occidental province after it recorded over 130 earthquakes since Sunday. The institute issued a statement reminding the public that Kanlaon Volcano remains on alert level 1 “which means that it is at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest”, reports Xinhua news agency.
The Phivolcs said that it has recorded 136 volcano-tectonic earthquakes on the western flanks during the 24-hour observation period. It added that four of these earthquakes recorded between 1 a.m. to 2.06 a.m. on Monday were felt in La Carlota City and Bago City in Negros Occidental province and Canlaon City in Negros Oriental province. “Activity at the vent consisted of moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes that rose 200 meters before drifting southwest,” the statement read.
On March 11, the institute raised the alert level over Mount Kanlaon. Mount Kanlaon is the highest point in Negros Island, as well as the whole Visayas region, with an elevation of 2,465 metres above sea level.In January this year, Taal volcano in Batangas province, south of Manila, erupted, displacing thousands of residents in the province and nearby provinces.