Alert level stays. Farmers harvest rice stalks at the foot of Mount Bulusan in the province of Sorsogon. The volcano has spewed ash for the past two days and while Phivolcs has recorded fewer volcanic earthquakes for the past 24 hours, the alert level No. 1 remains.

MANILA — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) yesterday reiterated its call to the public to avoid venturing into the permanent danger zone around Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon province, even if there were less volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours.
The threat for ash explosions still exists since the volcano is still at an "abnormal" state, said Phivolcs director Renato Solidum.
He said alert level No. 1 is still up.
For the past 24-hour period (7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday), Phivolcs recorded eight volcanic quakes, much lower than the 28 quakes recorded from Sunday to Monday.
At around 3:40 p.m. yesterday, Phivolcs observed an ash explosion that produced about a kilometer of brownish to light grayish smoke with minimal ash contents.
Traces of ash were reported in towns of Irosin and Juban, Phivolcs said.
Bulusan began spewing ash and steam Saturday morning, causing the Phivolcs to raise alert level No. 1.
Bulusan, with a height of 1,565 meters, is considered the fourth most active volcano in the country, after Mayon, Taal, and Pinatubo.
It has erupted 15 times since 1886, the latest in July to October 2007.
The Office of Civil Defense in the Bicol Region is conducting an information drive especially for those in danger zones.
Citing 2006 data, OCD-Bicol regional director Rafael Alejandro said there are about 80,000 persons from six municipalities or 70 barangays who are likely to be affected in case of an actual eruption.

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