Taal update: 7 quakes, weak steaming monitored; alert level 1 still raised

(Eagle News)–Seven volcanic quakes were recorded at Taal in a 24-hour period.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quakes at the volcano, which remains on alert level 1, were “associated mainly with rock-fracturing processes beneath and around the edifice.”

Weak steaming  was also observed from fissure vents along the Daang Kastila Trail.

PHIVOLCS reminded the public “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 (TVI).”

It reiterated its recommendation entry into TVI, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ, especially the vicinities of the main crater and the Daang Kastila fissure,  remain strictly prohibited.

Local government units were also advised to  assess previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake for damages and road accessibilities.

People should observe precautions due to ground displacement across fissures, possible ashfall and minor earthquakes, PHIVOLCS said.