The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has just upgraded the alert status of Mayon Volcano from Level 1 to Level 2. According to the PHIVOLCS bulletin, “This alert condition signifies, a state of unrest which could lead to ash explosions or eventually to hazardous magmatic eruption.”
The implication for hikers is that the mountain is effectively closed, at least for the time being. We are thus reinstating Mayon in our bulletin of closed mountains. Let us hope that the volcanic unrest will soon subside and will not lead to calamity.