Phivolcs Records 302 Volcanic Earthquakes at Taal Volcano Over the Past 24 Hours
The state volcanology agency Phivolcs reported that Taal Volcano generates at least 302 volcanic earthquakes in the last 24 hours.
On Saturday (March 27, 2021), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology released the latest updates regarding Taal Volcano. The bureau has detected an increase of magmatic activity around the volcano.
Phivolcs recorded 302 volcanic earthquakes including 184 episodes of volcanic tremor with a duration of one to 12 minutes. The agency also noticed the ground deformation and expansion of Taal after its eruption in January 2020.
“Activity at the Main Crater consisted of weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that rose 30 meters. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission that averaged 925 tonnes/day was measured yesterday, 26 March 2021. Temperature highs of 71.8°C and pH of 1.59 were last measured from the Main Crater Lake respectively on 04 March and 12 February 2021,” Phivolcs said.
Taal Volcano remains under Alert Level 2 and DOST-PHIVOLCS advised he residents near the volcano to take precautionary measures for possible sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations.
The seismology agency also prohibits the public to enter at Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone for their own safety.
The bureau also told the civil aviation authorities to advise the pilots to avoid flying near the volcano’s crater due to possible explosions and ash emission.
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