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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Alert level 2 still UP over Taal Volcano Philippines

 Strictly off-limits due to sudden steam-driven explosions that may occur in the area

Alert level 2 remains hoisted over Taal volcano

Posted at 04/20/2011 8:53 PM | Updated as of 04/20/2011 8:53 PM

BATANGAS, Philippines - Alert level 2 remained hoisted over Taal Volcano on Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.

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Phivolcs regional director Louella Jurilla, in a travel advisory, said the volcano’s main crater, the Daang Kastila trail, and Mt. Tabaro are strictly off-limits due to sudden steam-driven explosions that may occur in the area.
The explosions may have toxic gases that can kill people, Jurilla warned.

“The entire volcano island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and permanent settlement in the island is strictly not recommended,” she said.

Taal Volcano, Philippines, One of the 10 Most Dangerous in the World
Taal Volcano is a volcanic complex on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. This mountain consists of an island in Lake Taal, which is located inside the caldera formed by very strong previous eruptions (the process is similar to lake Toba). Taal Volcano is located about 50 km (31 mile) from the capital, Manila. This volcano has erupted hard several times, carrying one of the most powerful eruption in 1991 that killed more than a thousand souls.

Jurilla added that the situation is being monitored by the Department of Tourism in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology, Phivolcs, and local government units.

She urged the public to visit Phivolcs’ website ( for more information on Taal volcano’s situation. (See Below)

From Phivolcs website:

TAAL VOLCANO BULLETIN, 20 April 2011, 8:00 A.M.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 07:09
Taal Volcano’s (14.0000°N, 120.9833°E) seismic network recorded thirteen (13) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours.  One (1) of these events, which occurred at 3:17 PM yesterday, was felt at Intensity III in Barangay Calauit on the southeastern part of the island accompanied by rumbling sound and Intensity I at Barangay Pira-piraso at the northeastern side of the island. Field observation and measurements conducted at the eastern sector inside the Main Crater Lake yesterday showed that the temperature at the Main Crater Lake increased from 30.5°C to 31.5°C. Result of the ground deformation survey (precise leveling) conducted around the Volcano Island last 05-11 April 2011 showed that volcano edifice is slightly inflated as compared with the 02-09 February 2011 survey.
Alert Level 2 is hoisted over Taal Volcano with the interpretation that magma has been intruding towards the surface, as manifested by CO2 being released in the Main Crater Lake and sustained seismic activity.  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.  Breathing air with high concentration of gases can be lethal to human, animals and even cause damage to vegetation.  In addition, it is reminded that entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and permanent settlement in the island is strictly not recommended.  DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Taal Volcano’s activity and any new significant development will be immediately relayed to all concerned.

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