Taal Volcano Shows Uncertainty Since Weekend

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Cinder cone view on Taal Volcano Island, Photo by JG Moore of the US Geological Survey

Cinder cone view on Taal Volcano Island, Photo by JG Moore of the US Geological Survey

Taal Volcano is sighted again being active for these past few days, although this volcano remains so quiet since year 1997, still it shows disturbances.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the alert level over the volcano a day after its activity.

The main crater of Taal, Daang Kastila Trail, and Mt Tabaro are strictly off-limit to the public this time because sudden troubles steam-driven explosions could occur. Breathing air with high concentration of gases now can be dangerous to human, animals and even damage vegetation, PHIVOLCS warned.

In an interview, Phivolcs science research specialist Jojo Cordon said, ”The volcano’s seismicity, ground deformation and carbon dioxide content remain high. We will continue to observe if the volcano’s activity will intensify in the next days. But for now, Alert Level 2 remains hoisted over Taal Volcano.

Phivolcs detected 6 volcanic earthquakes around the Volcano in the last 24 hours. Although the number of volcanic earthquakes is lower than the number of quakes last Weekend, seismicity around the volcano remains active.

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