PHIVOLCS Says No, Mt. Halcon Is Not a Volcano

In ALL CAPS no less.

(SPOT.ph) We get it, there are a lot of reasons to be on edge right now—and the possibility of a volcano erupting at the worst possible moment sure doesn't feel impossible. But here's a gentle reminder not to feed into your anxiety: Mt. Halcon in Oriental Mindoro is not a volcano and will not be doing anything volcano-like anytime soon, clarified the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Twitter, May 5, after pictures of ominous-looking clouds above the ranges' peaks circulated online.

"We assure the public that Mt. Halcon is NOT A VOLCANO and will not erupt," said the institute (emphasis not ours). Granted, it's not easy for the average person to keep track of all the mountains and volcanoes in the Philippines—misplacing Mt. Mayon isn't even unusual, apparently—so we thank the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) for stepping in. 

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A picture of what looks like a big illuminated cloud looming over the mountain was posted by the regional public information agency, which then dispelled rumours that Mt. Halcon was about to blow. We're not entirely sure what the scary cloud was doing up there, but the fact that Mt. Halcon isn't a volcano should be enough reason not to panic.

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With everything going on right now, it's best to fact-check everything you see online—yup, we're not excluding ourselves here—especially before you click share. Safe browsing, everyone!

Main image from Lakbay Buhay / Mt. Halcon Baco Official

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