GOING HOME. Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) help residents of Juban, Sorsogon who are on their way home on Tuesday (June 14, 2022). The PCG said a total of 124 families or 456 residents of Barangay Puting Sapa and Barangay Dayhag in Juban, Sorsogon have so far been brought home by the PCG Station Sorsogon. (Photo courtesy of PCG)

MANILA – Families displaced by the recent phreatic eruption of Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon are beginning to return home, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Tuesday.

In a Viber message to reporters, the PCG said 124 families or 456 residents of Barangay Putting Sapa and Barangay Dayhag in Juban, Sorsogon have so far been brought home by the PCG Station Sorsogon.

“Tumutulong ang PCG Station Sorsogon sa pagpapauwi ng mga apektadong pamilya sa kani-kanilang tahanan matapos lumikas noong Linggo, ika-12 ng Hunyo 2022, dahil sa isa na namang phreatic eruption ng Mount Bulusan (The PCG Station Sorsogon are providing assistance for the return of affected families to their homes after their evacuation on Sunday because of another phreatic eruption of Mount Bulusan),” it said.

Relief supplies and clean water will be delivered to these families for their everyday use, the PCG said.

In its 5 a.m. report on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a total of 69 volcanic earthquakes were recorded in Mount Bulusan in the past 24 hours.

It said there was an increase in plume emission—from 500 meters since Sunday’s eruption to 750 meters—bringing light ashfall in some areas of Sorsogon.

Since the eruption on Sunday, it said Mount Bulusan remains “restive” as it continues to generate “steam-laden plumes” with “periods of profuse volume and sporadic ashing” since 4:30 a.m.

It noted that the continuous post-eruption events are “expected” as the volcano continues to release energy. (PNA)