Taal Volcano records 185 volcanic earthquakes

In the past 24-hour period, the Network recorded one hundred eighty-five (185) volcanic earthquakes, including seven (7) low frequency volcanic earthquakes, one hundred seventy-six (176) volcanic tremor events having durations of one (1) to sixteen (16) minutes, and low-level background tremor that has persisted since 07 July 2021.

High levels of volcanic sulfur dioxide or SO2 gas emissions and steam-rich plumes that rose one thousand five hundred (1,500) meters before drifting southwest and west-northwest were generated from the Taal Main Crater.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission averaged 6,421 tonnes/day on 11 July 2021. Based on ground deformation parameters from electronic tilt, continuous GPS and InSAR monitoring,

Island has begun deflating in April 2021 while the Taal region continues to undergo very slow since 2020.

Alert Level 3 (Magmatic Unrest) now prevails over Taal Volcano. At Alert Level 3, magma extruding from the Main Crater could drive explosive eruption.

The public is reminded that the entire Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and entry into the island as well as into the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel must be prohibited due to the hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami should strong eruptions occur.

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Taal Volcano records 185 volcanic earthquakes

All activities on Taal Lake should not be allowed at this time. Communities around the Taal Lake shores are advised to remain vigilant, take precautionary measures against possible airborne ash and vog and calmly prepare for possible evacuation should unrest intensify.

Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid flying over Taal Volcano Island as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and pyroclastic density currents such as base surges may pose hazards to aircraft.

DOST-PHIVOLCS maintains its close monitoring of Taal Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

Meanwhile, at the in , more than 100 families evacuated from Volcano Island after Taal Volcano erupted last year.

They allegedly called for permanent housing.

Although many evacuees have already found new , it is still difficult for them to start again.

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