Philvocs said on Wednesday that the water in Taal Volcano’s main crater lake dried up based on the satellite images sent by its partner organization.
Mariton Bornas, chief of the Phivolcs’ volcano monitoring and eruption prediction division, said they received reports that the volcano’s main crater lake already vaporized.
“Nakatanggap po tayo ng satellite images from our partner organization USGS kung saan nakita po natin na vaporize na, nawala na po ang main crater lake,” Bornas said in a press briefing.
(We have received satellite images from our partner organization USGS where we saw the main crater lake vaporized, it already disappeared.)
The satellite also captured images of smaller craters with vents releasing volcanic gas and ashes inside the main crater.
Taal Volcano’s main crater lake dried up- Philvocs
Philvocs said this was brought by the fissures and cracks in Taal Island.
“Mainly yung earthquake activity. Hindi naman naiibsan no. Dire-diretso yung mga earthquake. Talagang may tumutulak pa rin pataas,” Bornas explained.
(Mainly, its the earthquake activity. It is continuous. There is definitely something pushing up.)
Philvocs reported up to 520 earthquakes around Taal Volcano since Sunday. 169 of which were felt with intensities ranging from I to V. It is a sign of continuous magma movement and a possible explosive eruption of the volcano.
The agency said it would be tough to predict when and how massive Taal Volcano’s eruption would be, but it is highly possible. Philvocs continue to urge residents within the 14 km radius to evacuate, for they are high-risk areas.
Taal Volcano is still under Alert Level 4, meaning “hazardous eruption is possible within days.”