THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised the alert level at Taal volcano from 1 to 2 due to the increasing frequency of volcanic earthquakes in the area.
Experts raised the second of a five-level alert on Taal Tuesday. The Phivolcs said volcanic quakes in the area have been occurring since April and the crater lake was heating up.
Allan Loza, officer-in-charge of Phivolcs Talisay said based on their monitoring, the volcanic earthquakes detected per day since April 26 have raised to 32 high frequency volcanic earthquakes and continuously increasing as of presstime.
Subsequently, the Phivolcs immediately released an advisory preventing the public to visit the crater area of Taal, specifically the Daang Kastila trail.
In addition, a low frequency type volcanic earthquake was also detected since June 2.
Taal, located 65 kilometers south of Manila, is one of the most unstable of the country’s 22 known active volcanoes with 33 recorded eruptions, the last one in 1977. (PIA-Bohol)