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US, UK, Canada caution nationals in Bicol over Mayon eruption

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At least three countries have advised their nationals in the Philippines to take precautions following the eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay.

The United States urged its citizens to exercise caution if contemplating travel to the vicinity of Mayon Volcano in Bicol.

“In light of increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining, and summit explosions, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) raised Mayon Vocano’s status from Alert Level 3 (increased tendency to hazardous eruption) to Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent). The Danger Zone has been extended to eight kilometers from the summit vent,” it said (https://ph.usembassy.gov/natural-disaster-alert-u-s-embassy-manila-january-22-2018/).

The US also noted Phivolcs advised the public not to enter the danger zone.

Also, it advised its nationals to “monitor current conditions, maintain active awareness of local conditions, and especially refrain from unauthorized hiking in the Danger Zone.”

“Check with your airline for the latest flight information if you are traveling to/from Legazpi Airport,” it added.

The United Kingdom issued similar advice to its nationals in the Philippines, citing the increased eruptive activity at Mayon.

“If you’re in the area, you should remain vigilant, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities to stay out of the designated danger zone within 8km of the crater,” it said.

“Legazpi City International Airport has suspended operations and further disruption to flights in the region is possible,” it added (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines).

Meanwhile, Canada advised its nationals to “avoid the permanent danger zone (8 km radius from the volcano’s summit vent), due to the danger of rock fall, landslides, sudden explosions or dome collapse.”

“Be ready to leave quickly upon recommendation from local authorities. Ash clouds could disrupt flights in the region. Contact your airline or tour operator to determine if the situation could affect your travel plans,” it added (https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/philippines).