19 quakes recorded in Taal Volcano

 philstar.com) Updated April 23, 2011 11:41 AM

  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.



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