Taal Volcano shows signs of more unrest


Taal Volcano showed signs of increased unrest with a record 383 earthquakes logged on Tuesday.


For Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded 158 volcanic earthquakes from Taal Volcano.


The agency also observed on Tuesday 300-meter tall plumes of steam being emitted by Taal Volcano.


“In the past 24-hour period (on Tuesday), the Taal Volcano Network recorded 383 volcanic earthquakes, including 238 episodes of volcanic tremor having durations of one to 12 minutes, 143 low frequency volcanic earthquakes, and low-level background tremor that started at 9:05 a.m. on 08 April 2021,” the agency said.


“Upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the main crater lake occurred yesterday morning and generated 300 meter-tall steam-laden plumes from active fumaroles on the northern side,” Phivolcs added.


With Taal Volcano showing increased signs of unrest, Phivolcs is maintaining Alert Level 2 over Taal Volcano, indicating “increased unrest.”


“DoST (Department of Science and Technology)-Phivolcs reminds the public that at Alert Level 2, sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around TVI (Taal Volcano Island),” Phivolcs said.


“Local government units are advised to continuously assess and strengthen the preparedness of previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake in case of renewed unrest,” it added.


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