Phivolcs records weak explosions in Taal Volcano

January 30, 2022 Jane Eleda 124 views

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said eight “very weak” phreatomagmatic bursts on Saturday were recorded in Taal Volcano .

According to Phivolcs, the weak explosions were observed from the main crater of the volcano.

“The Taal Volcano Network recorded eight very weak phreatomagmatic bursts form the Taal main crater between 3:50 p.m. to 9:57 p.m.,” the Phivolcs Taal Volcano advisory said.

“These events were very short-lived, lasting only 10 seconds to two minutes and produced only traces in the seismic record but were accompanied by distinct infrasound signals,” the advisory added.

Phivolcs explained that phreatomagmatic eruptions were caused by the interaction of magma and water and accompanied by distinct infrasound signals.

Volcanic plumes measuring 400 to 900 meters tall were detected by thermal cameras around the Taal Lake.

Phivolcs also recorded 31 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours.

Taal Volcano remains under Alert Level 2, which means that sudden steam or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, and minor ash fall can occur within the vicinity of the volcano.

Phivolcs warned that entry into the Taal Volcano Island is strictly prohibited.