Taal still on alert level 2 as PHIVOLCS monitors volcanic earthquakes

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has monitored volcanic earthquakes at Taal, which remains on alert level 2.

In its latest advisory, PHIVOLCS said the Taal Volcano Network recorded 45 volcanic earthquakes “associated with rock fracturing processes beneath and around the edifice.”

Activity in the main crater in the past 24 hours has also been characterized by “weak emission of steam-laden plumes rising 50 meters high.”

According to PHIVOLCS,  “sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within Taal Volcano Island (TVI) and along its coast.”

PHIVOLCS recommended that entry into TVI, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone,  be strictly prohibited.

Local government units were also advised to “additionally assess previously evacuated areas within the seven-kilometer radius for damages and road accessibilities and to strengthen preparedness, contingency and communication measures in case of renewed unrest.”