The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has laid down a firm warning to those wanting to visit Taal volcano after it recorded increased seismic activity within the vicinity of the crater. 

On Wednesday (March 24), PHIVOLCS released an advisory about the increased seismic activity that they’ve observed in the area of Taal since February 13, 2021. 

Due to the onset of small quakes and tremors, the institute has raised unrest levels to Alert Level 2. 

Besides the constant earthquakes, PHIVOLCS has also observed the continuous release of sulfur dioxide from the volcano’s mouth, which peaked at 1,184 tons last March 21, 2021. They’ve also seen deformations in Taal Volcano Island’s (TVI) main crater region. 

According to them, these signs point to magma migration below the volcano’s mouth. They note that this increases the possibility of a magmatic eruption. 

“The above parameters indicate that magma has been migrating across shallow depths beneath Taal Volcano Island (TVI), increasing the possibilities of magmatic eruption,” PHIVOLCS said. 

In light of the increasing danger, entry into TVI, particularly Taal’s permanent danger zone (PDZ), is strictly prohibited. The ban will include all activities in Taal Lake, Daang Kastila, and the main crater. 

In their latest bulletin (March 25), the Taal Volcano Network has recorded 268 volcanic earthquakes in the last 24 hours. They also noticed a faint release of gas from Taal’s gas vents, which reached five meters in height. 

In an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, PHIVOLCS’ Director Renato Solidum said conditions are dangerous for people.

He adds that they’re not ruling out a “steam-driven or phreatic eruption” at any given moment.

“Posibleng magkaroon ng steam-driven or phreatic eruption na delikado na sa tao kung sila ay nasa isla o malapit dito tulad ng shoreline sa tabi ng isla,” he warned. 

He stressed that it’s important for people to follow rules that have been set in place.

“Kung sakaling magkaroon ng steam-driven explosion, dahil walang tao (sa isla) mas ligtas sa kasalukuyan. Importante lang na walang lumabag,” Solidum remarked. 

You can read the latest report on Taal’s volcanic activity below. 

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Posted by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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