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Taal volcano status lowered to Alert Level 2

By MB Online

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) lowered Taal Volcano’s alert status to alert level 2 on Friday.

In this Jan. 21, 2020, handout photo provided by the Office of Civil Defense, Taal volcano emits small amounts of ash in Batangas province. (Office of Civil Defense via AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

In this Jan. 21, 2020, handout photo provided by the Office of Civil Defense, Taal volcano emits small amounts of ash in Batangas province.
(Office of Civil Defense via AP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO

According to Phivolcs, alert level 2 means “decreased unrest” but the threat of an eruption has not disappeared.

“Alert level 2 means that there is decreased unrest but should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased or that the threat of an eruption has disappeared,” Philvolcs said.

After Philvolcs downgrades Taal Volcano’s alert status to level 3 last Jan. 26, the condition of Taal has been characterized by the “generation of weak steam-laden plumes, consistent with decreased magmatic unrest.”

“Taal Volcano’s condition in the succeeding three weeks has been characterized by less frequent volcanic earthquake activity, stabilizing ground deformation of the Taal Caldera and Taal Volcano Island (TVI) edifices and weak steam/gas emissions at the Main Craters,” Phivolcs said in its bulletin.

It is advised that people residing within at high risk to base surges must be prepared for a “quick and organized evacuation.”

Philvolcs noted that sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall, and expulsions of volcanic gas can still occur within TVI and along its coast.

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