The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded more quakes from Taal Volcano over a 24-hour period on Saturday, or 193 compared to the 175 logged on Friday.
“In the past 24-hour period, the Taal Volcano Network recorded 193 volcanic earthquakes, including 156 episodes of volcanic tremor having durations of one to 15 minutes. Activity at the main crater consisted of weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that rose 20 meters high. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission that averaged 830 tonnes/day was measured yesterday, 20 March 2021,” Phivolcs said.
On Thursday, Phivolcs recorded 110 volcanic quakes from Taal Volcano.
Phivolcs is maintaining Alert Level 2 (increased unrest) over Taal Volcano.
“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 the Taal Volcano Island (TVI). DOST (Department of Science and Technology)-Phivolcs strongly recommends that entry into TVI, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure must remain strictly prohibited,” the agency 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. Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft,” it added. SOVEREIGNPH