Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

Taal Volcano continues to act up with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recording at least 269 volcanic earthquakes over a 24-hour period on Thursday, or higher than the 254 recorded on Wednesday.

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Phivolcs recorded 212 volcanic quakes on Tuesday and 83 on Monday

“In the past 24-hour period (on Thursday), the Taal Volcano Network recorded 269 volcanic earthquakes, including 219 episodes of volcanic tremor having durations of one to 37 minutes, 49 low frequency volcanic earthquakes, and one volcano-tectonic earthquake,” the agency said.

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.

“Activity at the main crater consisted of weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that 10 meters. Sulfur dioxide emission averaged 1,670 tonnes/day yesterday, 01 April 2021,” it added.

Because of the increased number of volcanic quakes from Taal on Wednesday and Thursday, Phivolcs is 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. SOVEREIGNPH

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