|TAAL VOLCANO BULLETIN, 25 January 2011, 8:00 A.M.|
Two (2) volcanic earthquakes were recorded by the seismic network at Taal Volcano (14°00.1’N, 120°59.6’E) during the past 24 hours. Observation conducted at the Main Crater last 18 January 2011 showed that steaming activity at the thermal area on the northern side of the crater was weak, the lake remained bluish green in color and no bubbling was noted. Likewise, the measured water temperature reading of 30.0 0C and pH value of 2.92 are both within the normal range. 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.