Sunday, 16 January 2011 07:29

Taal Volcano’s (14°00.1’N, 120°59.6’E) seismic network recorded ten (10) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. Two (2) of these events which occurred at 1:47 PM and 1:48 PM yesterday were felt at intensity I by residents in Barangay Pira-piraso, northern side of the volcano island. Visual observation and temperature measurement conducted last 10 January 2011 showed that steaming activity at the thermal area inside the Main Crater remained weak.  The water temperature and acidity (pH) were within the normal range. Likewise, the Main Crater Lake remained bluish green in color and no bubbling was noted.  Results of the precise leveling ground deformation survey conducted around the Volcano Island last December 2010 showed slight inflation as compared with September 2010 survey.

Taal Volcano’s status is still at Alert Level 1.  This means that a hazardous eruption is not imminent.  However, the public is reminded that the Main Crater should be strictly off-limits due to sudden occurrence of steam explosions and accumulation of toxic gases. The northern portion of the Main Crater rim, in the vicinity of Daang Kastila trail, may also be dangerous when increased steam emission is reactivated along existing fissures. Moreover, the public is also reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and permanent settlement in the island is strictly not recommended.