Although the locals observed wild animals descending from the mountains as well as burnt vegetation, and although they claim to have felt the ground shaking and heard unusual rumblings from the volcano, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) says it has allayed their fears.
Phivolcs chief Renato U. Solidum, Jr. said in a letter sent to Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo on Friday that the observations of smoke and fire coming out of the crater were non-volcanic in nature.
“Maybe someone can explain to me how fire and smoke coming out of a volcano’s crater are “non-volcanic in nature.”
“Ocular inspections at the crater area and seismic records showed that there were no volcanic activities, specifically an imminent eruption, in Mt. Matutum,” said Mr. Solidum.
Mt. Matutum’s last recorded eruption was in 1911 according to Phivolcs records.
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