Danger remains as volcanic activities increase in Taal
Marje Pelayo • January 20, 2020 • 1007
MANILA, Philippines – Over a week since Taal Volcano began its eruptive activity, danger still remains according to experts.
In fact, a total of 787 earthquakes have been recorded in the volcano island on Saturday (January 18) alone, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
This frequency of ground shaking is double the number of all volcanic earthquakes recorded in the previous six days of Taal’s volcanic activity.
Over the weekend, more than 200 tremors were recorded within the range of magnitude 1.2 and 4.1, the PHIVOLCS said and on Sunday evening (January 19), the strongest shaking – magnitude 4.2 earthquake – was felt in Mabini, Batangas.
The volcano institute have also observed that Taal is producing about one-kilometer high white ash pillar and sulfur dioxide of around 1,442 tons each day.
Because of these observations, PHIVOLCS cannot just lift or downgrade Alert Level 4 that is currently in effect around the volcano island because the possibility of a massive explosive eruption remains high within hours or days.
Thus, PHIVOLCS strongly appeals for understanding and more patience from residents and reminds them not to return yet to their villages especially those within the 14-km danger zone.
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded an increasing number of tremors in Taal Volcano this week.
Based on the agency’s report released on Friday (February 26), the state seismologists recorded 113 volcanic tremors with an average duration of 34 minutes in the past 24 hours. This is a significant jump from yesterday when 69 volcanic tremors were recorded.
Phivolcs also reported an emission of weak steam-ladden fumes from the vents of the volcano’s main crater.
Despite the increase in tremors, Taal remains at Alert Level 1. The public is advised — especially residents near Taal — to remain in a safe area as more volcanic earthquakes, steam emissions, and minor ashfall can occur. Several residents have already been evacuated last week.
Phivolcs also reiterated that entry into Taal’s permanent danger zone remains prohibited. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is ready to provide aid to the local government units in need of assistance due to Taal Volcano’s renewed unrest.
In a statement, the DSWD said its field office in Region IV-A has more than P2.6 million worth of family food packs (FFPs) and over P8.5 million worth of available relief supplies for repacking. It also has more than P8.3 million standby funds that can be used to procure additional emergency relief supplies.
“The FO has also placed its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under heightened alert to monitor volcanic activities and to provide technical assistance to municipalities that will require assistance,” according to the DSWD.
Meanwhile, the department urged residents in areas near the Taal Volcano to be vigilant and to strictly follow the orders of local authorities for their own safety. AAC
BATANGAS, Philippines — Authorities started evacuating residents on Taal Volcano island over the recent seismic activity and changes in the volcano’s main crater lake.
They live within the island which is supposed to be a ‘no man’s land,’ particularly those in two communities in the municipality of Talisay.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the evacuation was a precautionary move.
Science and Technology Undersecretary and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) OIC Renato Solidum said that he recommended the restriction of people on the whole island.
Earlier, Phivolcs has recorded 98 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours having durations of five to 12 minutes.
The agency also monitored an increase in acidity and temperature of the Taal Volcano’s main crater lake.
Alert level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect with the possibility of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas occurring and threatening areas within the Taal Volcano island.
Phivolcs strongly advised the public against entering the Taal Volcano island, its permanent danger zone (PDZ), especially its main crater lake and fissures in Daang Kastila, due to the danger posed by the volcano’s recent activities. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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