A volcanic eruption in the Philippines alerted the local authorities. It is the second time in a week that Bulusan has erupted. The earthquake authority registered dozens of tremors and imposed the first alert level.
In the eastern Philippines, the Bulusan volcano erupted, raining ash on the city of Juban for the second time in a week. The eruption lasted 17 minutes, according to the Philippine Seismological Authority. Accordingly, the ash rain in Juban and also in Casiguran, around 10 kilometers away, led to restricted visibility on the road and caused airlines to cancel a total of five connections. The volcano is located a good 500 kilometers southeast of the capital Manila.
There have been no reports of injuries so far. However, the earthquake authority increased the alarm level to level one of five. This means, among other things, that the area within a radius of four kilometers around the volcano may not be entered. "This outbreak could be followed by another one, we have to be careful with the Bulusan," said Renato Solidum, head of the authority, on radio station DZBB. Bulusan, located in the Philippine province of Sorsogon, erupted a week ago and ejected a kilometer-high ash cloud. Before the eruption on Sunday, 77 earthquakes were registered as a result of volcanic activity, the authority said in a statement.
According to the civil protection agency in Juban, 366 people are currently in temporary shelters, most of whom were evacuated days before the latest tremors erupted. The Bulusan erupted several times in 2016 and 2017.
The island state of the Philippines is regularly affected by volcanic eruptions. As part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide, the country is regularly hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. At the end of March, thousands of people in the Philippines had to leave their homes after the Taal volcano south of the capital Manila erupted.