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Taal Volcano Continues To Show Signs Of Activities At Alert Level 2

PHIVOLCS carries on the monitoring as we enter a new month.
PHOTO: Robyn Leigh/istock

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) sustains an Alert Level 2 over Taal Volcano due to continuous seismic activities and steam emissions. On Sunday, March 1, PHIVOLCS reported a light emission of steam-laden plumes that reached 50 meters high before drifting southwest.

A total of 29 volcanic earthquakes were also recorded by state volcanologists over the past 24 hours. According to the bulletin, the earthquakes are "associated with rock fracturing processes beneath and around the edifice."

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PHIVOLCS warns residents about ground displacements, ashfalls, and minor earthquakes. "Communities beside active river channels particularly where ash from the main eruption phase has been thickly deposited should increase vigilance when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall since the ash can be washed away and form lahars along the channels," PHIVOLCS adds.

Entry into the Taal Volcano Island (TVI), Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone, is strictly prohibited as recommended by DOST-PHIVOLCS. Local government units are advised to check previously evacuated areas within the seven-kilometer radius for damages and road accessibilities and to stay precautious by developing measures in case the volcano increases its activities.

The agency also recommends that civil aviation authorities issue a bulletin that prevents pilots from flying close to the volcano to avoid airborne ash, ballistic fragments from sudden explosions, and wind-remobilized ash that could be dangerous for the aircraft.

The Taal Volcano erupted on January 12, which caused thick ashfall to spread across Calabarzon, NCR, and some parts of Central Luzon and Ilocos Region. PHIVOLCS initially issued an Alert Level 4 due to the phreatic (steam-blast) eruption but was eventually lowered down to Level 2 on February 14 due to decreased activities. 

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