MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) today said 19 volcanic earthquakes, two of which felt at Intensity 2 and Intensity 3, were recorded in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours.
Phivolcs said an Intensity 2 quake was felt in Barangay Calauit on the southeastern part of the restive volcano at 12:23 a.m. Friday. Another quake that occurred at 4:31 a.m. today was felt at Intensity 3 in Barangay Pira-piraso at the northeastern part of the volcano island.
The agency said the Intensity 3 quake was “accompanied by rumbling sounds.”
Phivolcs added that the temperature at the main crater lake increased from 30.5°C to 31.5°C.
Alert Level 2 remained hoisted over the volcano.
“Hence, PHIVOLCS advises the public that the Main Crater, Daang Kastila Trail and Mt. Tabaro (1965 -1977 Eruption Site) are strictly off-limits because sudden hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate,” Phivolcs said.