Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 22, 2018)

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 22, 2018)

Location:  Vicinity of Mayon Volcano, located in Albay Province, approximately 300 kilometers southeast of Manila, on the island of Luzon.

Event:  In light of increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining, and summit explosions, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) raised Mayon Vocano’s status from Alert Level 3 (increased tendency to hazardous eruption) to Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent).  The Danger Zone has been extended to eight kilometers from the summit vent.

Actions to Take:

  • U.S. citizens in the Philippines should exercise caution if contemplating travel in the vicinity of Mayon Volcano.
  • PHIVOLCS strongly advises the public to be vigilant and to desist from entering the Danger Zone.
  • Monitor current conditions, maintain active awareness of local conditions, and especially refrain from unauthorized hiking in the Danger Zone.
  • Philippine civil aviation authorities advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from eruptions can be hazardous to aircraft.
  • Check with your airline for the latest flight information if you are traveling to/from Legazpi Airport.
  • Continue to monitor local media as well as the PHIVOLCS website for updates on the situation


  • U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

+63 (2) 301-2000

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444