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PHIVOLCS Latest Taal Volcano Bulletin This January 15

PHIVOLCS – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently released the latest Taal volcano bulletin this Jan. 15.

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The institute’s 8 AM bulletin states that Taal’s volcanic activity has been described by continuous but generally weaker eruption of the Main Crater for the past 24 hours.

This is due to magmatic and hydrovolcanic processes. The institute added that the ongoing eruption spew dark gray steam-laden plumes that reached approximately 1 kilometer high and dispersed ash to the southwest of the main crater.

New cracks were observed in the following areas:

  • Lemery
    • Sinisian
    • Mahabang Dahilig
    • Dayapan
    • Palanas
    • Sangalang
    • Poblacion
    • Mataas na Bayan
  • Agoncillo
    • Pansipit
    • Bilibinwang,
  • Talisay
    • Poblacion 1
    • Poblacion 2
    • Poblacion 3
    • Poblacion 5
  • San Nicolas
    • Poblacion

The institute added that there is a fissure that transected the road connecting to Agoncillo to Laurel, Batangas.

As per the bulletin, Philippine Seismic Network charted a total of four hundred sixty-six volcanic earthquakes since January 12, 1 PM, where 156 of these were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity I to Intensity V.

Since January 14, 5 AM until January 15, 5 AM, about 159 volcanic earthquakes, twenty-eight (28) of which were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity I – III were recorded.

Taal still remains under Alert Level 4. This would mean that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.

The institute strongly reiterates the total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk areas, whaich are identified in the hazard maps within the 14-km radius from Taal Main Crater and along the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed.

Residents around the volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall. The institute urged Civil aviation authorities to advise pilots to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from the eruption column pose hazards to aircraft.

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