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.