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PHIVOLCS – Latest Update On 8 AM January 27, 2020

PHIVOLCS – Here are the latest updates on Taal Volcano from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on 8 AM January 27.

Image from: Phivolcs-DOST

The latest 8 AM bulletin from the institute states that for the past 24 hours, activity in the crater has been described by weak to moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes ranging from 50 to 800 meters that drifted in the northeast direction.

As for sulfur dioxide emission, it was measured at an average of about 87 tonnes per day. This was lower compared to the recorded average 224 tonnes per day as of January 24, 2020 (Friday).

The Taal Volcano Network recorded at about 170 volcanic earthquakes, four of which are low-frequency tremors.

As per the bulletin, Taal Volcano is now under Alert Level 3. The institute warned the public that sudden steam-driven, weak phreatomagmatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall, and lethal volcanic gas expulsions can still occur and threaten areas within the Volcano Island, as well as nearby lakeshores.

It further recommends the prohibition of entry into the island, as well as areas over Taal Lake and communities west of the island within seven-kilometer radius.

Local government units (LGUs) are urged by PHIVOLCS to assess areas outside the said radius for damages and road accessibilities and to strengthen preparedness, contingency and communication measures in case of another unrest.

The public are urged to observe precautions due to ground displacement across fissures, frequent ashfall and minor earthquakes.

Communities near active river channels, especially those where ash from the main eruption phase were thickly deposited should enhance vigilance especially when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall since it can be washed away and form lahars along the channels.

Civil aviation authorities are urged to advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircrafts.

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