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PHIVOLCS – Latest Update On 8 AM January 24, 2020

PHIVOLCS – Here are the latest updates on Taal Volcano from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on 8 AM January 24.

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The latest 8 AM bulletin from the institute states that for the past 24 hours, activity in the crater remains to have weak to moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes 50 to 500 meters high from the crater that drifted southwest.

The average for the emission of sulfur dioxide increased from 141 tonnes per day yesterday to 224 tonnes per day.

The Philippine Seismic Network (PSN) recorded 7 volcanic earthquakes with magnitudes 1.2 – 2.7 with no felt event as of 5 AM January 23 up to 5 AM today.

This adds up to a total of 738 volcanic earthquakes since since January 12 1 PM. Among those were 176 tremors with magnitudes 1.2 to 4.1 that were felt at Intensities I – V.

On the other hand, the Taal Volcano Network recorded at about 486 volcanic earthquakes, which includes 4 low-frequency earthquakes.

This would still meant that there is continuous magmatic intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which will eventually lead to further eruptive activity.

As per the update, Taal Volcano is still under Alert Level 4. This means that we could expect a hazardous explosive eruption within hours to days.

The institute still urges the total evacuation of the volcano and high-risk areas that 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.

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, if the eruption column remains below 5 kilometers, ash will be drifted to the towns west and northwest to the main crater.

Should a major eruption occur and the eruption plume exceeds at 7 kilometers, it will be drifted across the western parts of Laguna and Quezon provinces.

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