Taal update: Seven quakes, weak steaming monitored; volcano still on alert level 1

(Eagle News)–Seven volcanic earthquakes were monitored at Taal in a 24-hour period, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said on Wednesday, May 27.

According to PHIVOLCS, the earthquakes recorded 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 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 reiterated its recommendation that 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 “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.”

People were told to observe precautions due to “ground displacement across fissures, possible ashfall and minor earthquakes.”

“DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Taal Volcano’s activity and any new significant development will be immediately communicated to all stakeholders,” PHIVOLCS said.