Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

There seems to be no end to Taal Volcano’s restiveness as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded another 91 tremor episodes over a 24-hour period on Wednesday.

The agency said on Thursday that the 91 tremor episodes on Wednesday had durations from one to five minutes. Phivolcs also observed that “Activity in the main crater consisted of weak emission of white steam-laden plumes from fumaroles that rose 5 meters high. Temperature highs of 77.1 degrees Celsius and pH of 1.59 were last measured from the main crater lake on 12 February 2021.”

Phivolcs also reported volcanic quakes from Taal Volcano in the following days: Tuesday, 69 lasting from one to five minutes; Monday, 98 lasting from 5 to 12 minutes; Sunday, six lasting from three to seven minutes; and Saturday, 12 from six to 12 minutes each. Phivolcs recorded no tremors or earthquakes from Taal Volcano on Friday.

With Phivolcs recording numerous tremors or quakes from Taal Volcano, it has maintained Alert 1 over the volcano area.

Also, the Philippine Coast Guard has evacuated a number of residents from Taal Volcano Island.

“Alert Level 1 (Abnormal) is maintained over Taal Volcano. DOST (Department of Science and Technology)-Phivolcs reminds the public that at Alert Level 1, sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the Taal Volcano Island,” Phivolcs said.

“Local government units are advised to continuously assess previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake for damages and road accessibilities and to strengthen preparedness, contingency, and communication measures in case of renewed unrest,” it added. SOVEREIGNPH

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