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Main Crater of Taal Volcano

Main Crater of Taal Volcano

Taal volcano continues to show sign of possible eruption as the water temperature in the main crater of the Volcano continues to heat up over the weekend. The volcano was given an Alert level 2 warning by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology early this month.

Officials of Phivolcs who are monitoring the volcanic activities have recorded a rise in temperature from 30.5 degree Celsius to 31.5 on Saturday and Sunday. This is based to the latest report posted in the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology by Clyde Yayong of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in Tagaytay City last Monday.

As of now there are no threats given to the city of Tagaytay by Phivolcs but officials in the city are keeping an eye on the volcano’s activities since in the event of eruption they might have to take in evacuees from the volcano island.

Since Taal is considered as an active volcano, Yayong said that the water in the crater must have an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius even under normal condition.

He added that the rise in water temperature in the Taal crater only suggest that there are activities happening under the volcano such as the increase of magma.

Volcanic earthquakes were recorded by the seismic network of Phivolcs on Taal last Sunday, which indicates the active movement of the volcano.

Vicente Tomazar, chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) said that records of Phivolcs shows that volcanic earthquake in Taal reached an average of 15 times within a day.

Phivolcs is still prohibiting the public to go near the main crater of Taal and as well as the Daang Kastila trail and the Mt. Tabaro portions of the volcano island.

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