Phivolcs Releases Latest Update on Taal Volcano for Saturday (March 26)
VOLCANO ALERT – The state volcanology agency Phivolcs raised Taal Volcano to alert level 3 after producing a short-lived phreatomagmatic burst.
On Saturday (March 26, 2022), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised Taal Volcano from Alert Level 2 (increasing unrest) to Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest).
The seismology agency raised the alert level after Taal reportedly generates a phreatomagmatic burst. Volcanic earthquake and infrasound signals have been also recorded.
The phreatomagmatic burst contains plumes reaching as high as 1,500 meters above the volcano’s main crater.
Phivolcs also recommends the residents along high-risk barangays of Bilibinwang and Banyaga, Agoncillo and Boso-boso, Gulod and eastern Bugaan East, Laurel, Batangas Province to evacuate due to possible hazards.
The agency also informed the public that entry to Taal Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) remain prohibited. The residents are also prohibited to enter high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel.
The volcanology bureau also said any activities within Taal Lake are prohibited as of this moment to ensure the safety of the public. The agency also advised the residents living around Taal Lake shores to take precautionary measures.
Civil aviation authorities are instructed to advise pilots to avoid flying near the volcano’s main crater due to sudden explosions and pyroclastic density currents, which may pose danger to aircrafts.
The bureau explained that alert level 3 indicates “there is magmatic intrusion at the Main Crater that may further drive succeeding eruptions.”
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