Taal Volcano still remains at its Alert Level 2 Status, recorded at least 212 earthquakes.

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Taal Volcano is still in its Alert Level 2 Status according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported Wednesday this morning.

Taal volcano network has recorded at least 212 volcanic earthquakes for the last 24 hours.

“In the past 24-hour period, the Taal Volcano Network recorded two hundred twelve (212) volcanic earthquakes, including one hundred sixty-eight (168) episodes of volcanic tremor having durations of one (1) to twenty (20) minutes, and forty-four (44) low-frequency volcanic earthquakes.”, according to their bulletin.

Also, Philvolcs said that temperature highs of 71.8 degrees Celcius and pH (a measure of how acidic or basic water is) of 1.59 were last measured from the Main Crater Lake on March 4 and February 12, 2021

Philvolcs explained further the date that was analyzed indicating “a very slow and steady inflation and expansion of the Taal region since after the January 2020 eruption.”

Local Government units are still advised to continuously evaluate and strengthen the preparedness of the previously evacuated barangays around Taal lake in case of any increased unrest in the main crater.

“DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly recommends that entry must be strictly prohibited into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, and occupancy and boating on Taal Lake,” Philvolcs said.

BY KHALID MANGONDATO

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