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PHIVOLCS Advisory Bulletin Update of Taal Volcano as of January 16, 2020

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) releases advisory bulletin as of 10:00am, January 16, 2020 update of Taal Volcano.

The DOST-PHIVOLCS said, Taal Volcano continues spewing dark-gray ash plumes early morning Thursday at around 6:17 a.m. with the height of 500 meters high and another record of 800 meters high at 6:21 a.m. of the same day. The ashes direction coming from the crater is from southwest to west.

On the other hand, the Philippine Seismic Network published a total 566 volcanic earthquakes activity since 1:00 p.m. of January 12, 2020 until today. The volcanic earthquake is felt within the area of Taal region. The agency recorded the volcanic earthquake up to one hundred seventy-two (172) from the magnitudes M1.2 to M4.1 and felt the intensity I to intensity V.

DOST-PHIVOLCS monitoring observation result within 24 hours from 5:00 a.m. on January 15, 2020 until 5:00 a.m. on January 16, 2020 recorded of 103 volcanic earthquakes. According to the DOST-PHIVOLCS, 14 of the volcanic earthquake was registered at magnitudes M1.4 to M4.0 and felt at Intensity I to Intensity III. The continuous seismic activity indicating continuous magmatic intrusion beneath of Taal Volcano which possibly leads to further eruption.

However, emission findings for the sulfur dioxide in the area is measured of an average of 4,186 tonnes as of January 15, 2020.

The alert Level 4 still in effect over Taal Volcano, due to the possible explosive eruption to take place within an hour anytime from now. Authorities strongly implementing total banning of villagers who attempt to come back in their place at Taal Volcano island as well as areas with the high risk possibility to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within a 14-km radius from its main crater and along the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed.

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