Phivolcs records 20 volcanic quakes around Taal

Published August 23, 2020, 11:14 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded 20 volcanic earthquakes at the Taal Volcano from Saturday to Sunday, which manifests that the active volcano is still under “abnormal” state.
Based on the Phivolcs bulletin on Sunday, weak steaming or fumarolic activity rising 5 meters high before drifting southwest was observed from the Taal Volcano’s main crater vents in the past 24 hours.
Taal Volcano has been under Alert Level 1 since March 19, 2020. 
Phivolcs reminded the public that 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. 
It strongly recommended that entry into the island and permanent danger zone, especially the vicinities of the main crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, should remain strictly prohibited. 
Local government units were also advised to continuously assess previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake for damages and road accessibilities and to strengthen preparedness, contingency and communication measures in case of renewed unrest. 
The public were asked to observe precautions due to ground displacement across fissures, possible ashfall, and minor earthquakes.
Likewise, Phivolcs requested aviation authorities to 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. 
On January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano reached Alert Level 4, only one level away from the highest alert issued when a hazardous eruption is ongoing.