The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) continues to monitor the Taal Volcano after it detected tremors around it, Monday, December 2.
Based on the advisory released yesterday by the Phivolcs, they have recorded 4,857 volcanic earthquakes since the alert level of Taal Volcano was raised in March.
The tremors were felt in the barangays of Bayaga in Agoncillo, Brgy. Caluit in Balete, Sito Tibag in Brgy. Pira-piraso, Sito Tuuran in Brgy. Table, Brgy. Buko in Talisay, Brgy. Alas-as in San Nicolas and Brgy. Pulangbato in San Nicolas. The shocks recorded range from intensity 1 to intensity III.
A “rumbling sound reportedly accompanied the tremors from November 21 to 29.”
The volcano is still at alert level 1, which means there is no threat of eruption, although there is a possibility that there is a magnatic disturbance beneath the volcano.
The volcano has had several violent eruptions in the past, causing loss of life on the island and the populated areas surrounding the lake, with the death toll estimated at around 5,000 to 6,000. Because of its proximity to populated areas and its eruptive history, the volcano was designated a Decade Volcano, worthy of close study to prevent future natural disasters. All volcanoes of the Philippines are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.