MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded an increasing number of tremors in Taal Volcano this week.
Based on the agency’s report released on Friday (February 26), the state seismologists recorded 113 volcanic tremors with an average duration of 34 minutes in the past 24 hours. This is a significant jump from yesterday when 69 volcanic tremors were recorded.
Phivolcs also reported an emission of weak steam-ladden fumes from the vents of the volcano’s main crater.
Despite the increase in tremors, Taal remains at Alert Level 1. The public is advised — especially residents near Taal — to remain in a safe area as more volcanic earthquakes, steam emissions, and minor ashfall can occur. Several residents have already been evacuated last week.
Phivolcs also reiterated that entry into Taal’s permanent danger zone remains prohibited. AAC
According to PHIVOLCS-DOST, they have recorded 98 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours having durations of five to 12 minutes.
The Agency also monitored an increase in acidity and temperature of the Taal Volcano’s Main Crater Lake.
Alert Level 1 (Abnormal) remains in effect with possibility of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas occurring and threatening areas within the Taal Volcano Island.
PHIVOLCS-DOST strongly advised everyone against entering the Taal Volcano Island, Taal Volcano Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), especially its Main Crater Lake and fissures in Daang Kastila, due to the danger posed by the volcano’s recent activities. MNP / Raymund David
MANILA, Philippines—A 5.1 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Camarines Norte on Friday morning (February 5).
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake struck around 6:00 a.m. near Tinaga Island.
Intensity 4 was felt in Capalonga, Camarines Norte. Intensity 3 was felt in Gumaca, Mauban and Lopez Quezon. Intensity 2 was recorded in Goa and Naga City, Camarines Sur, and Calauag, Quezon province while Intensity 1 was also felt in Cainta, Rizal.
Three aftershocks were recorded until 8:30 a.m. but no tsunami alert was raised by Phivolcs. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) continues to assess the situation. AAC (with reports from Bryan Baldaraje)
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