PHIVOLCS records 48 tremors in 24 hours in Taal Volcano Island, evacuation continues

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2021   •   600

 

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s evacuation team continues to assist residents of Barangay Buso-Buso, Laurel, Batangas due to continuous seismic activities in Taal Volcano Island.

This, following forced evacuation order from Laurel Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) on Saturday afternoon (July 3).

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recorded active upwelling of hot volcanic fluids from the Taal Main Crater Lake at 7:15 AM to 7:42 AM today.

Generated plumes rose to 2,400 meters above the crater and contributed to vog over the Taal Caldera region, PHIVOLCS said.

These continuous seismic activities prompted a total of 48 volcanic quakes in the last 24 hours, the institute reported.

The evacuation team is composed of personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Air Force (PAF), and Philippine National Police (PNP).

Residents from Barangay Buso-Buso are transported to Sta. Maria Elementary School in Sta. Maria, Laurel, Batangas which currently serves as an evacuation center.

PNP vows justice for rape-slay victim in Batangas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar has directed the local police in Laurel town in Batangas to build an airtight case against the alleged perpetrators in the rape and slay of a 15-year-old.

Initial report stated that the victim had just come over to her classmate’s house so they could answer their module together on Monday morning but had not returned home by nightfall, causing her family to worry and search for her.

Her body was later found in a forested area in Barangay Sta. Maria.

Police said there were indications that she was sexually abused.

A witness told the local police that the teenager was last seen in the company of a barangay tanod. The barangay tanod was arrested and taken into police custody on Tuesday, November 9 but has denied any involvement in the crime.

Eleazar expressed his condolences to the victim’s family as he vowed that the PNP will give justice to her death.

“Bilang magulang ramdam ko ang sakit at pagdadalamhati ng mga naulila ng biktima. Ako ay nakikiramay sa pamilya ng dalagita na malayo pa sana ang mararating sa buhay. Titiyakin ng PNP na airtight ang kaso para siguradong mapanagot sa batas ang salarin sa karumal-dumal na krimen na ito,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Sa ngayon, hawak natin ang isang barangay tanod na sinasabing nasa likod ng krimen. I have ordered the Laurel Municipal Police Station in Batangas to leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence to the crime to make sure they get the real perpetrator or perpetrators,” he added.

Eleazar appealed to those who may have information on the incident to come forward and help authorities give justice to the teenager.

 

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Calatagan, Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Calatagan, Batangas at 2:14 a.m. on Friday (October 8), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The quake has a depth of 131 kilometers and Intensity II was felt by residents in Calatagan.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was an aftershock of the magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred in the same area on July 24, 2021.

No damage was reported and no further aftershocks are expected. AAC

 

Taal Volcano records high-level of sulfur dioxide

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Taal Volcano has emitted a record-high level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) on Tuesday (October 5), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on the latest bulletin of Phivolcs, the volcano spewed out 25,456 tons of SO2 dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake. The volcanic activity also generated plumes 1,500 meters tall that drifted northwest and northeast.

Alert Level 2 remains over Taal Volcano. Phivolcs reminds the public that at Alert Level 2, 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 the Taal Volcano Island (TVI).

Phivolcs has recommended that entry into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ must be strictly prohibited, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, and occupancy and boating on Taal Lake. AAC

 

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