Residents on Taal Volcano island evacuated over seismic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021   •   708

BATANGAS, Philippines — Authorities started evacuating residents on Taal Volcano island over the recent seismic activity and changes in the volcano’s main crater lake.

They live within the island which is supposed to be a ‘no man’s land,’ particularly those in two communities in the municipality of Talisay.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the evacuation was a precautionary move.

Science and Technology Undersecretary and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) OIC Renato Solidum said that he recommended the restriction of people on the whole island.

Earlier, Phivolcs has 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 the 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 strongly advised the public against entering the Taal Volcano island, its 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 (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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


Gov’t, public urged to buy local fish amid problems in demand

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Around 1,000 fish cages in Taal Lake were affected when Tropical Cyclone Jolina battered the country recently.

Mario Balazon, the Director of Taal Lake Aquaculture Alliance Incorporated, however, said that this will not result in a decrease in the supply of tilapia as the fish can also be caught in the lake.

“Katulad din ito noong nangyari noong pagputok ng Bulkang Taal, naglubugan ang mga cages. Ang mga isda’y nakawala at hinuli na rin. Siguro pagkatapos ng isa o dalawang buwan ay naibalik na ulit yung dami ng supply ng isda,” Balazon said.

But despite the steady supply of tilapia, the group complains about low demand during the pandemic.

“Because of the pandemic mas maraming nawalan ng trabaho. Ang purchasing power ng tao ay bumaba talaga wala talagang pera at saka yung mobility ng tao medyo kontrolado,” Balazon said.

The group is asking the government and the public to help them recover by buying locally produced fish.

UNTV brought this to the attention of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which promised to support the fishermen in marketing their products.

“We have to make sure na makarating po sa palengke ang mga isdang yan, whether sa ating mga pampublikong palengke or iyong Kadiwa. Iyon ang ating gagawin ngayon,” assured DA Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista.

Meanwhile, the government is set to import additional 6,000 metric tons of round scad locally known as galunggong to stabilize the price as it increases by P40 per kilogram. -MNP (from the report of Rey Pelayo)

Magnitude 5.7 quake jolts Batangas

UNTV News   •   August 13, 2021

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake rocked the town of Calatagan in Batangas at 11:08 p.m. on Friday, August 13.

According to a report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the center of the quake was located at 15 kilometers southwest of Calatagan.

It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 113 kilometers.


The agency also recorded the following intensities in other areas:

Intensity IV – Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Intensity III – Pasig City; Quezon City; Obando, Bulacan

Phivolcs said it does not expect damage nor aftershocks from the tremor.


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