Awareness and Preparedness
|TAAL VOLCANO BULLETIN 24 January 2011 8:00 A.M.|
Taal Volcano’s (14°00.1’N, 120°59.6’E) seismic network recorded six (6) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. One (1) of these events, which occurred at 3:01 AM early this morning, was felt at intensity II by residents in Barangay Pira-Piraso at the northern side of the volcano island. Observation conducted at Main Crater Lake last 18 January 2011 showed that steaming activity at the thermal area inside crater was weak, the lake remained bluish green in color and no bubbling was noted. Likewise, the water temperature reading was 30 0C and the pH value was 2.92. 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.