Despite Taal Volcano Seemingly Calming Down, Threat Levels Are Still High – Phivolcs
TAAL VOLCANO THREAT – Taal Volcano is now showing signs of ease and fewer tremors. However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said its threat is still high.
In Phivolcs latest bulletin, Taal Volcano still falls under alert level 4. This meant that a hazardous explosive eruption is still possible within hours to days.
During a press briefing, Philvolcs director Renato Solidum stated that in the past 24 hours, Taal Volcano’s main crater has steadily emitted steam and produced infrequent weak explosions.
In addition, Solidum mentioned that it spewed volcanic plumes of ash as far as 600 meters in the air. Meanwhile, sulfur dioxide emissions were measured at 360 tons.
But, even as Taal Volcano showed signs of calming down on the surface, Solidum said that there were still “intense activity underneath as magma continued to move.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, Phivolcs still urged residents who lived within the 14-kilometer danger zone are still susceptible to base surges in the event of a major eruption.
Along with this, data from the Philippine Seismic Network revealed that there were 666 volcanic earthquakes plotted in the Taal region.
Of this number, 174 were felt and raged from Magnitude 1.2 to 4.1. In addition, they were experienced between intensity 1 and 1.
There were also 876 volcanic earthquakes recorded which included 6 tremors and 20 low-frequency earthquakes.
Such intense seismic activity likely signifies continuous magmatic intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activityPhivolcs
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