TAAL Volcano made at least three bursts on Saturday, indicating the volcano is still in a state of unrest.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Taal Volcano made three phreatomagmatic bursts at 10:25 a.m., 10:47 a.m., and 11:01 a.m. on Saturday.
Also, at 7:15 a.m. Phivolcs observed active upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the volcano, resulting in plumes that reached 2,400 meters high, producing volcanic smog or “vog” in the vicinity.
Phivolcs has maintained Alert Level 3 over the volcano, or “magmatic unrest,” that makes an eruption possible. The agency also recorded 48 volcanic tremors, including two volcano-tectonic earthquakes and six volcanic tremor events that lasted up to four minutes over the past 24 hours as of Saturday morning.
“Alert Level 3 (Magmatic Unrest) now prevails over Taal Volcano. At Alert Level 3, magma extruding from the main crater could drive explosive eruption. The public is reminded that the entire Taal Volcano Island is a permanent danger zone (PDZ), and entry into the island as well as into the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel must be prohibited due to the hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami should strong eruptions occur,” Phivolcs said.Around 1,500 people have already been evacuated from the towns near the volcano and are now hosted in 14 emergency centers.