Taal Volcano Emits Plumes & Triggers Earthquakes That Could Lead To Eruption, Phivolcs Says
On Monday (February 3, 2020), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported the latest updates regarding Taal Volcano’s activities. Phivolcs recorded at least 134 volcanic earthquakes since Sunday (February 2).
The volcanic earthquake indicates “magmatic activity” beneath the volcano that might lead to another eruptive activity at the main crater. Taal also emits dirty-white to white steam-laden plumes about 800 meters high, with sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission recorded at an average of 97 tons per day.
The volcanology agency emphasized the two seismic activities with magnitude 3.2 and 2.3, which was felt at Intensity IV in Laurel and Agoncillo and Intensity III in Lemery, Batangas around 4:20 am and 5:42 am on Monday early morning.
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Phivolcs said that Taal Volcano remains under alert Level 3 and it strictly prohibits the entry into the Taal Volcano Island as well as the areas within the 7-kilometer danger zone from the volcano’s crater.
The seismology agency also warned the residents near the volcano to take precautionary measures for possible weak phreatomagmatic explosions, lethal volcanic gas expulsions, ashfall, and tremors.
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