Philippines: Mayon Volcano Eruption Snapshot (as of 31 March 2018)
Since January 2018, over 90,000 people were evacuated due to the eruption of Mayon volcano. With still more than 65,000 people in evacuation camps at the beginning of March, the alert level was lowered from ‘4’ (hazardous eruption within days) to ‘3’ (hazardous eruption within weeks) on 6 March, which gradually allowed the majority of the displaced residents to return to their homes. On 29 March, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Albay ordered the full decampment of over 6,000 remaining evacuees following the downgrading of Mayon’s status to alert level ‘2’ (moderate level of unrest) by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. The 6-km Permanent Danger Zone remains off limits due to perennial hazards of rockfalls, avalanche, ash puffs and sudden steam-driven or phreatic eruptions at the summit area.