PHIVOLCS: Taal Volcano Alert Status Raised to Level 2 (Increasing Unrest)
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raises the alert status of Taal Volcano from Alert Level 1 (Abnormal status) to Alert Level 2 (Increasing unrest).
DOST-PHIVOLCS is now raising the alert status of Taal from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 2. This means that there is probable magmatic intrusion that may or may not lead to an eruption. The public is reminded that the Main Crater should be strictly off-limits because sudden steam explosions can occur and high concentrations of lethal volcanic gases can be released. The northern portion of the Main Crater rim, in the vicinity of Daang Kastila Trail, can also become hazardous when fumarolic or degassing activity along existing fissures suddenly increases. Furthermore, the public is also reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and permanent settlement in the island is strongly not recommended. In view of the ongoing phreatic activity in the Main Crater, PHIVOLCS advises precautionary evacuation of Taal Volcano Island pending observation of the volcano’s condition within the next 48 hours.