PH Navy’s elite force provides assistance to affected communities in Taal eruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 21, 2020   •   849

The elite force of the Philippine Navy has provided assistance to communities in Batangas affected by the Taal eruption.

The Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) distributed relief goods, including food, bottled water and toys to barangays and evacuation centers in towns near Taal Volcano. 

According to the Philippine Navy, over a thousand adults and 400 children were given relief goods.

Philippine Navy’s Flag Officer In Command, Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad said the Philippine Navy is always ready to extend help to their fellowmen.

“Both our regular and reserve force give diligent efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by the calamity triggered by the eruption of Taal Volcano. Let us work together to ensure that we deliver all the services needed by our people. Your Philippine Navy is always ready to serve in every situation; we are a force that the Filipino people can always count on,” he said.—AAC

Taal recorded 221 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours — Phivolcs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Tuesday (June 15) recorded a total of 221 volcanic earthquakes in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours.

According to their latest bulletin, Phivolcs recorded 29 low-frequency tremors out of the 221, while 192 volcanic tremors occurred with durations from one to 135 minutes.

There was also an upwelling of hot volcanic fluids which resulted in plumes reaching 1,500 meters tall, drifting southwest.

As of June 14, sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions averaged 5,837 tonnes per day.

The agency previously warned residents near Taal Volcano, particularly in Agoncillo, Batangas, to wear face masks and to stay hydrated to prevent inhaling sulfur oxide.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs stated that due to the ground deformation parameters from electronic tilt, Taal Volcano Island has begun deflating in April 2021.

“The Taal region continues to undergo very slow extension since 2020. These parameters indicate overall that magmatic unrest continues to occur at shallow depths beneath the edifice,” the bulletin stated.

Alert Level 2 is still raised in the region where Phivolcs strongly recommends that entry must be strictly prohibited into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone, or PDZ, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, and occupancy and boating on Taal Lake. AAC

Phivolcs advises Taal residents to wear face masks vs sulfur dioxide

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) advised residents in the immediate vicinity of Taal Volcano, especially those living in Agoncillo, Batangas to wear face masks to prevent inhalation of sulfur dioxide (SO2) being emitted by the volcano.

Plant life around the vicinity has also dried up due to the sulfur dioxide emission. Residents were also advised to stay hydrated to prevent throat irritation triggered by the volcanic gas. 

In its latest bulletin, Phivolcs reported sulfur dioxide emission at the volcano averaged 4,443 tonnes on Sunday (June 13) which drifted northwest and northeast.

“Activity at the main crater was dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake which generated plumes 1000 meters tall that drifted to the northwest and northeast,” Phivolcs said.

The agency also reported that magmatic unrest continues to occur at shallow depths beneath the volcano.

Alert level 2 is still raised as Phivolcs reminds the public that sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around Taal.

Phivolcs also strongly recommends that entry into Taal Volcano Island, including the Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), must be strictly prohibited. AAC

383 volcanic earthquakes recorded in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday maintained Alert level 2 over Taal Volcano as it recorded 383 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours.

Based on the latest bulletin, upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the main crater lake occurred Tuesday morning (April 13) and 383 volcanic earthquakes, including 238 episodes of volcanic tremor lasting from one to 12 minutes occurred in the past 24 hours.

Phivolcs also said it continues to observe “a very slow and steady inflation and expansion of the Taal region that began after the January 2020 eruption.”

The agency reminds local government units around the area to be vigilant and continuously assess the situation. Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano.

“DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Taal Volcano’s activity and any new significant development will be immediately communicated to all stakeholders,” the bulletin said. AAC

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