Taal Volcano is acting up again as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recordd 254 volcanic earthquakes over a 24-hour period on Wednesday, which was higher than the 212 logged on Tuesday and 83 on Monday.
“In the past 24-hour period (on Wednesday), the Taal Volcano Network recorded 254 volcanic earthquakes, including 220 episodes of volcanic tremor having durations of one to 27 minutes, 33 low frequency volcanic earthquakes, and one volcano-tectonic earthquake,” Phivolcs said.
“Activity at the main crater consisted of weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that rose five meters. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission averaged 509 tonnes/day yesterday, 31 March 2021,” it added.
Phivolcs earlier warned that it could not discount Taal Volcano erupting given the number of quakes it has been letting out in the past days and weeks.
The agency is also maintaining Alert Level 2 over the Taal Volcano, indicating “increased unrest.”
“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),” the agency said.“Phivolcs strongly recommends thatentry 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, andoccupancy and boating on Taal Lake,” it added. SOVEREIGNPH