The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Thursday on a press release that the two 150-watt solar panels for Mayon Volcano were stolen. These solar panels are vital in monitoring the volcanic and seismic activities in and around Mayon Volcano.
According to the Twitter page of DOST-PHIVOLCS, the stealing incident hampers the monitoring of the volcano, which may endanger lives.
Phivolcs said in a statement that during their routine inspection on Wednesday, the two solar panels at the DOST-Phivolcs Mayon Resthouse were discovered missing by the Mayon Volcano Observatory personnel.
The state agency said that the rest house station hosts earthquake monitoring instruments, a global positioning system (GPS), and tiltmeters to monitor the volcano.
It added that no data will be transmitted from the said station due to the loss of power supply, and will consequently affect Mayon Volcano monitoring.
It also warned the public that Republic Act 10344 or the “Risk Reduction and Preparedness Equipment Protection Act” penalizes “the unauthorized taking, stealing, keeping or tampering of government risk reduction and preparedness equipment, accessories and similar facilities.”
“Hence, the public is strongly encouraged to help in taking care of our monitoring instruments and to promptly report any untoward incident,” Phivolcs added.
Earlier, Phivolcs reported that the Mayon Volcano was spotted to have a crater glow at its summit.
Phivolcs added that the crater glow was probably caused by hot magmatic gases heating the overlying atmosphere.