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Phivolcs detects 4 volcanic tremors in Taal

August 2, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 282 views

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivols) said Taal Volcano remains under Alert Level 1 in after the agency detected four volcanic tremors for the last 24 hours that lasted from two seven minutes.

“The tremors are volcanic earthquakes signifying fluid or gas movement,” said Phivolcs Director Renato Salidummay Jr.

Under Alert Level 1, hazards that could threaten areas within Taal’s permanent danger zone are sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ash falls, and expulsions of volcanic gas.

Entry into the permanent danger zone remains prohibited, especially in the vicinity of the main crater and the Daang Kastila fissure. Occupancy and boating on Taal Lake are likewise prohibited.

The agency is also urging pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano. Airborne ash, ballistic fragments from explosions, and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.

Phivolcs said that sulfur dioxide flux averaged 2,306 tons on August 1.

In addition, a voluminous plume emission reaching 1,200 meters high was also observed for the past 24 hours

Phivolcs added that these tremors have no relation to the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that jolted Northern Luzon.