MANILA, Philippines – Activities in the main crater of Taal Volcano may have been weaker but the signs of rising magma are still visible, according to the latest report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
Based on PHIVOLCS’ 8:00 AM advisory (January 23), Taal volcano has generated weak to moderate emissions of white steam about 50 to 500 meters high from the main crater.
Emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) was measured at an average of 141 tonnes/day.
For the past 24 hours, PHIVOLCS recorded 467 volcanic earthquakes at the Taal Volcano network which means such intense activity likely signifies continuous magmatic intrusion beneath the Taal edifice.
PHIVOLCS emphasized that such may lead to further eruptive activity.
Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano, according to the agency, as hazardous explosive eruption is still possible within hours to days.
Volcano experts strongly reiterate total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk areas as identified in the hazard maps.
This covered areas within the 14-km radius from the Taal main crater and along the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed.
PHIVOLCS is continually monitoring the eruption and vows to provide updates of further developments in Taal volcano region.
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