Larger Amount of Sulfur Dioxide Began To Come Out from Taal Volcano As It Remains Under Alert Level 4
On Thursday (January 16, 2020), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology released the latest updates regarding the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano. The agency reported that the amount of sulfur dioxide from Taal spiked up.
As of Wednesday (January 15), the seismology agency emits an average amount of 4,186 tonnes of sulfur dioxide per day, which is much higher than the average of 1,686 tonnes per day last Tuesday (January 14).
PHIVOLCS Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division chief Mariton Bornas explained that the appearance of this substance in the atmosphere indicates the magma’s movement in the volcano.
Taal generates about 500 to 800 meters high dark gray ash plumes as of 6:21 am on Thursday. The volcanic ashes were dispersed in areas southwest to west of the main crater.
“Humihiwalay kasi ‘yung sulfur dioxide kapag nasa malapit na sa bunganga ng bulkan ‘yung umaakyat na magma. Kapag nasa malalim, naka-dissolve pa ‘yan sa magma, hindi pa ‘yan makahiwalay,” Bornas said.
The volcanology agency explained that Taal could generate hazardous explosive eruption within hours to days as it remains under Alert Level 4. They also advised the residents near the volcano to take precautionary measures against heavy ashfall.
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