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According To PHIVOLCS, Weakening Of Taal Volcano’s Lava Fountain Not A Sign Of Slowing Down

PHIVOLCS TAAL UPDATE – According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakened on Monday night.

PHIVOLCS: Taal Lava Fountain Weakens But Not Slowing Down
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However, they warned residents, especially those living in areas near the Volcano, that it’s not a sign that the volcano is slowing down or safe.

Phivolcs science research specialist Jerome de Lima said that the lava fountain they observed wasn’t visible anymore based on reports from personnel on the field.

It’s unlike yesterday where it suddenly spewed lava.  As of now, this brief silence shouldn’t be considered as a sign Taal Volcano is calming down. We should still be cautious because the Taal Volcano’s activities may change in the coming days

Jerome de Lima

According to a report from Inquirer, the Lava fountains were observed as early as 4:00 a.m. on Monday. In addition, new lateral vents were discovered along the northern part of Taal Volcano.

Taal Volcano is still on alert level 4. That meant the Volcano was characterized by “intense unrest”. Several earthquakes could still be produced by volcanic activity.

In lieu of this, de Lima stated that Taal continued to spew ash with the current direction being southwest to the west. Meanwhile, Taal’s ash column’s height ranged from 800 meters to two kilometers.

Earlier, there was another 4.0 magnitude earthquake recorded by PHIVOLCS. According to Phivolcs, the quake that hit a part of Batangas was located at 13.95°North, 120.88°East – 006 km North 74° West of Agoncillo. The quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 010 kilometers.

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