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Taal Volcano Now Down To Alert Level 2 But Residents Advised To Remain Cautious

The alert status means 'decreased unrest.'
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A ray of sunshine today—Taal Volcano is now down to Alert Level 2 more than a month after the eruption on January 12. 

From Alert Level 4 on the day of the eruption, it went down to Alert Level 3 on January 26. Today, February 14, it is now at Alert Level 2, which means “decreased unrest.”

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said there have been “less frequent volcanic earthquake activity,” “stabilizing ground deformation,” and “weak steam/gas emissions at the main crater” in the past three weeks. 

However, the current alert status doesn’t mean the threat of eruption has completely disappeared. If there are any “pronounced changes,” PHIVOLCS will raise the status to Alert Level 3 and residents in high-risk areas will have to quickly evacuate.

On the other hand, if there’s a “persistent downtrend” after a “sufficient” period, the alert status will be lowered to Alert Level 1, which means “low level of volcanic unrest.”

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After the eruption, the total evacuees in Batangas, where Taal Volcano is located, reached the one million mark: 800,000 residents stayed with relatives while 200,000 went to evacuation centers. As of this week, over 24,000 remain in evacuation centers. There were over 30 casualties recorded in evacuation centers and in the aftermath of the eruption. 

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