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3/16/2007

Bulusan’s heavy steaming triggers ashfalls

Breaking Volcanic News: Philippines
March 16, 2007

The continuous heavy steaming of Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon City province since Monday has triggered occasional ashfalls on the mountain’s southwest slope and nearby villages. The ashfalls in the towns of Irosin, Juban and Casiguran were triggered not by an ash explosion but by the volcano’s voluminous or heavy steaming that has agitated the ash deposits on the crater wall. "Since Bulusan remains abnormal, it is always possible that this steaming would shift to ash explosions." The last ash explosion occurred on Jan. 26 of this year, sending mild ash deposits to Irosin, Casiguran and Juban towns.

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