The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has shared on its social media real-time IP camera snapshots of the Taal Main Crater and Taal Volcano Island.
The images were captured at around 10:00 AM today, March 10, 2021 (Wednesday).
Yesterday, March 9, 2021, PHIVOLCS raised the alert status of Taal from alert level 1 to alert level 2 due to elevated seismicity and increasing acidity of the Main Crater Lake.
LOOK: Real-time IP Camera snapshots of Taal Main Crater and the Taal Volcano Island at around 10:00 AM. The Alert Level was raised to Alert Level 2 yesterday, 9 March 2021, due to elevated seismicity and increasing acidity of the Main Crater Lake. pic.twitter.com/xdauOhryNZ
— PHIVOLCS-DOST (@phivolcs_dost) March 10, 2021
Taal Volcano Bulletin
In the 8:00 AM update of PHIVOLCS today, Taal has recorded 51 volcanic earthquakes and 41 volcanic tremor episodes that lasted 1 to 4 minutes in the past 24-hours.
PHIVOLCS added that “activity at the Main Crater consisted of weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that rose 5 meters high. Temperature highs of 71.8°C and pH of 1.59 were last measured from the Main Crater Lake respectively on 04 March and 12 February 2021.”
Furthermore, Taal is at Alert Level 2 (increased unrest) and the public is reminded that the following can occur and threaten areas within the Taal Volcano Island (TVI):
- sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions
- volcanic earthquakes
- minor ashfall
- lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas
- Entry into TVI, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, must remain strictly prohibited.
- Local government units are advised to continuously assess and strengthen the preparedness of previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake in case of renewed unrest.
- Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.