Phivolcs: No volcanic quake at Taal in last 24 hours

Two months since it manifested "increased unrest," no earthquakes were detected in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a volcano bulletin issued on Monday, April 19.


However, Phivolcs continued to observe low-level background tremor that started at 9:05 a.m. on April 8.

It also observed a "weak" emission of steam-laden plumes from Taal Volcano's vents that rose 40 meters.

Taal Volcano's sulfur dioxide emission averaged 1,759 tonnes per day on April 18, Sunday while temperature highs of 71.8 degrees Celsius and pH of 1.59 were last measured from the main crater lake on March 4 and Feb. 12, 2021, respectively.

Phivolcs added that ground deformation parameters continued to indicate 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," it said.

Phivolcs maintained the Alert Level over Taal Volcano at Alert Level 2.

The restive volcano in Batangas has been under Alert Level 2 since March 9, 2021.

"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)," Phivolcs pointed out.

It warned the public from entering the volcano island, which is a permanent danger zone, especially the vicinities of the main crater and Daang Kastila fissure.

Occupancy and boating on Taal Lake should also be strictly prohibited, Phivolcs added.

Local government units were advised to continuously assess and strengthen the preparedness of previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake in case of renewed unrest.

Civil aviation authorities were also asked to advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.