Broussang volcano erupted for the second time in a week, producing a flood of ash that hampered a lot of activity in the Philippines’ Sorsogon province.
Institute of Volcanology and Seismology the Philippines The eruption of the Broussant volcano in rural Sorsogon province in the country’s eastern province lasted about 18 minutes, it was announced today. This is the second eruption of the Broussant volcano in the past week.
The eruption created a column of ash more than a kilometer high that covered 10 villages in Sorsogon. Visibility on the streets was hampered and airlines had to cancel a series of flights. There were no casualties in the incident, but Philippine officials issued a five-level warning for “low-level disturbance.”
Residents in Juban town of Sorsogon, which was affected by the June 5 eruption, said they were awakened by a thunderous explosion. Antonio Habitan, a local resident, said: “I thought it was raining, but when I looked out, there was ashes everywhere. The river running through the town used to be clean, but now it’s grey and grey. off-white.”
Rescuers have been deployed to clear streets and provide guidance to drivers struggling with poor visibility. The Juban disaster office said 366 people had gone to emergency shelters in the previous days due to the volcano-related earthquake.
The Mount Blu volcano has been active again in recent years, with dozens of similar eruptions recorded in 2016 and 2017. The Philippines is part of the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” which stretches from Japan to Japan, Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin, with frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Wu Ying (follow AFP)