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Mt. Apo closed due to successive tremors

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By Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – All roads in Sta. Cruz, Bansalan, and Digos City that lead to Mt. Apo have been ordered closed by the local government of Davao del Sur in the wake of the series of earthquakes and aftershocks that have rocked Mindanao since October 16.

The peak of Mt. Apo, the Philippine’s highest reflects in the serene water of Lake Mirror in Mt. Apo Highland Resort in Kapatagan, Digos City in the province of Davao del Sur. (Alexander D. Lopez) (Photo Taken: 14 October 2015)

Mt. Apo (ALEXANDER LOPEZ / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Likewise, climbing schedules in Mt. Apo were also postponed and rescheduled until such time that it is declared safe.

Sta. Cruz, Bansalan, and Digos are gateways to Mt. Apo.

But the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 11 said in a social media post that there has been no resolution yet from the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) that declares the closure of Mt. Apo.

Sta. Cruz and Bansalan, and Digos City

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) clarified that Mt. Apo is still in normal condition following the 6.5 magnitude tremor on Thursday.

The clarification was made after several netizens posted on social media of a possible eruption of Mt. Apo due to a series of earthquakes in Mindanao.

Phivolcs-Davao science research assistant Chris Vidad, in a radio interview, said the public has nothing to worry about since the fault line in Tulunan town in North Cotabato is not connected to Mt. Apo.

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