The head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is warning of a possible eruption by Taal Volcano, which has shown signs of unrest in the past few days.
“It is at Alert Level 2 and if the current activity would persist, this can lead to an eruption,” Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Phivolcs director told a national daily.
“Ground deformation parameters from electronic tilt and continuous data analysis indicated a very slow and steady inflation and expansion of the Taal region since after the January 2020 eruption. These parameters may indicate increased magmatic activity at shallow depths beneath the edifice,” he explained.
Phivolcs has maintained Alert Level 2 over Taal Volcano and recorded on Saturday at total of 193 volcanic quakes. On Friday, the agency recorded 175 such quakes.
“In the past 24-hour period (on Saturday), 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.
“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),” it added. SOVEREIGNPH