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Taal Volcano Emits 'Moderate' Steam But Remains At Alert Level 2

PHIVOLCS advises residents to remain cautious.
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Almost two weeks after it went down to Alert Level 2, Taal Volcano emitted “moderate… steam-laden plumes that rose 300 meters high,” according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

In their advisory today, February 27, PHIVOLCS said they recently observed the activity in the main crater, as well as “intermittent weak steaming activity.” 

They reminded the public that these activities still fall under Alert Level 2. “Sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur.” 

PHIVOLCS advised residents to remain cautious and local government units to “additionally assess” previously evacuated areas within the seven-kilometer radius.

Taal Volcano erupted on January 12, which brought it up to Alert Level 4. It went down to Alert Level 3 or “decreased tendency towards hazardous explosive eruption” on January 26, and then to Alert Level 2 or “decreased unrest” on February 14. 

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