270 quakes at Taal Volcano recorded in 24 hours

TAAL Volcano remains under Alert Level 2, reported the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), after 270 volcanic earthquakes were recorded in the area in the last 24 hours.

According to an 8am Phivolcs bulletin, 193 of the recorded earthquakes were “episodes of volcanic tremor” lasting from one to 12 minutes, while 77 were low-frequency volcanic earthquakes.

“Activity at the main crater consisted of weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that rose ten meters, ” Phivolcs said.

Phivolcs likewise said temperature highs of 71.8°C were last measured from the Main Crater Lake on March 4 and Feb 12,2021.

Phivolcs said data indicated “a very slow and steady inflation and expansion of the Taal region since after the January 2020 eruption”.

“These parameters may indicate increased magmatic activity at shallow depths beneath the edifice, ” Phivolcs added. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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