PHIVOLCS lowers Mayon Volcano status to alert level 3

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Mayon Volcano once again spewed thick ash clouds on Thursday morning.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 6) — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on Tuesday downgraded the status of the Mayon Volcano from alert level 4 to 3.

It said there is a decreased tendency toward a hazardous eruption and thus, there is no imminent threat.

The PHIVOLCS lowered the alert level because there was a general decline in the volcano's unrest in the past week.

Although the alert level has been downgraded, the PHIVOLCS said it does not mean the unrest has stopped. Mayon Volcano can be expected to continue generating volcanic earthquakes and steam-driven explosions.

It said entry to the six-kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ) and the extended seven-kilometer is still prohibited.

The Mayon Volcano in Albay had a steam-driven ash eruption on January 13, which prompted the immediate evacuation of residents within the PDZ. Alert level 4 was raised on January 22.

President Rodrigo Duterte on January 29 handed over P20 million in initial funding to Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara to help the evacuees.