The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) could raise Taal Volcano’s alert status to level 2 amid the continuous detection of high seismic activity, which indicate increasing volcanic unrest.
Based on Phivolcs’ bulletin on Sunday, Taal Volcano has so far manifested 4,857 volcanic earthquakes since it was placed under alert level 1 in March 28, 2019.
While volcanic seismicity remains high, alert level 1 will be maintained as “hazardous eruption is not imminent,” according to Phivolcs.
However, it noted that there is a possibility of magmatic disturbance ongoing under the volcano.
“In the event of further increase in number of volcanic earthquakes, higher concentration of gases, continuous inflation of the volcano’s edifice, increase in water temperature and/or occurrence of widespread bubbling at the lake of the main crater, Taal Volcano’s status will be raised to Alert Level 2,” it said. (Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz)