Alert Level 2 stays over Taal Volcano despite being ‘quiet’ for days

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THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Saturday that an eruption from Taal Volcano remained a possibility as it maintained Alert Level 2 despite more than a week of low seismic activity.

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PHOTO BY: RENE H. DILAN 
Fish cages are seen near the Taal Volcano in Talisay Town, Batangas province on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Interviewed by The Manila Times, Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said the possibility of steam-driven or phreatic eruption was high.

“Alert Level 2 remains at Taal (Volcano) because of the continued background tremor consistent with active degassing as supported by the high sulfur dioxide measurement. Inflation is continuous but slow,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of downgrading its alert level status since it has been registering an average of three volcanic earthquakes a day as compared with the past few weeks when it recorded the highest at 386, Solidum said it would remain under Level 2 which meant there was increased unrest.

“In fact, it has not calmed down as mentioned as there is continued background tremor, high sulfur dioxide measurement and continued inflation,” he said.

The Taal Volcano Network (TVN) recorded only two volcanic earthquakes and low-level background tremor in the past 24 hours.

Some 1, 256 tons of sulfur dioxide were emitted by the volcano, the TVN said.

The Phivolcs chief has reiterated his warning that people need to remain vigilant and should not go to the Taal Volcano Island or go boating around it.

Solidum said that another “big one” was possible after its last eruption in January last year.

“It is possible to have eruptions after a year in Taal and this was manifested after the 1965 eruption, followed by eruptions in 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970,” he said.

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