MANILA (Mabuhay) — The United Kingdom on Tuesday cautioned its nationals on the threat of a possible eruption from Mayon Volcano, after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level in the area to “3.”
In an update to its travel advice on the Philippines, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said “the capacity of Philippine emergency and rescue services to deal with large natural disasters [was] limited.”
“Check news reports and follow local advice before traveling to volcanic areas. Avoid volcanic areas during and immediately after heavy rainfall when there is increased risk of lava flows,” it said.
On Monday night, Phivolcs raised the alert level at Mayon to “3,” prompting Albay Governor Jose Salceda to order a 24-hour evacuation of residents from the danger zone.
At least eight areas in Albay have also been declared under a state of calamity.
The UK government said Alert Level 3 meant a “hazardous eruption [was] possible within weeks.”
On the other hand, the UK noted there are several volcanoes in the Philippines, “any of which [could] erupt without warning.”
Around 122,759 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free, the UK said. (MNS)