|TAAL VOLCANO BULLETIN, 20 January 2011, 8:00 A.M.|
|Thursday, 20 January 2011 23:51|
Taal Volcano’s (14°00.1’N, 120°59.6’E) seismic network recorded seven (7) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. Visual observation conducted on 18 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 remains 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.