Taal Volcano remains under high alert; 185 earthquakes detected over the past 24 hours

The view from Taal Vista in Tagaytay. Photo: Wikimedia
The view from Taal Vista in Tagaytay. Photo: Wikimedia

Taal Volcano may look more placid today than it has over the past week—that scary plume of emissions shooting up into the air seems to have calmed down into a steady steam—but that only means that all the activity remains under the surface.

In fact, 185 volcanic earthquakes have been recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) over a 24-hour period from 5am July 11 to 5am this morning. This includes 176 volcanic tremors that lasted between a minute to  16 minutes long.

Alert level 3 remains up over Taal, indicating high levels of activity in the volcano. The alert indicates the possibility of a strong eruption at any time.

Taal Volcano Island remains a permanent danger zone following an eruption in January 2020. Visitors are prohibited from going to the island, along with the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel.

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Also read: Taal Volcano’s catastrophic 1911 eruption reminds us of its fearsome power (PHOTOS)

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PHIVOLCS advisory on the state of Taal Volcano, July 12, 2021
PHIVOLCS advisory on the state of Taal Volcano, July 12, 2021

 

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