Mt Kanlaon under observation, hiking suspended

Cracks at the crater of Mt Kanlaon (photo by Visayan Daily Star)

The Visayas Daily Star reported Saturday that Mt Kanlaon, an active volcano situated in the boundaries of Negros Oriental and Occidental is under observation by PHIVOLCS due to some observed cracks on its crater which was attendant to the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the island. Tayasan, which is the epicenter of Monday’s earthquake is less than 100 kilometers from the volcano. At 2,415 masl, Mt Kanlaon is the highest point in Central Philippines.

Authorities of the Mt Kanlaon National Park has requested the assistance of PHIVOLCS in conducting an assessment through an aerial survey of the mountain which “developed three 50-meter long cracks on the crater and a reported landslide in its slope”. Few days back, residents in some barangays in the volcano’s foot in Murcia, Negros Occidental complained of contaminated brownish water allegedly due to the effects of the quake, while sulfur springs have reportedly receded.

Meanwhile, park officials temporarily suspended hiking or climbing to the famous peak and its perimeter while investigation is on going. #

Disclaimer: This post is mainly taken from the Visayan Daily Star article by Carla Gomez. All credits goes to the author and the owner of the site. Please cite accordingly.

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