Phivolcs may lower Taal Volcano’s status to Alert Level 2 if no explosion in 2 weeks

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) may downgrade Taal Volcano’s status to Alert Level 2 if the situation continues to improve in the next two weeks.

“Pwede pong sustained lang sa Alert Level 3 or, kung tuloy-tuloy na humupa starting today, walang explosions, pwede tayong mag-baba ng Alert Level 2 within two weeks,” Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said during a taped Cabinet meeting aired Tuesday night.

[Translation: We can sustain Alert Level 3 or, if the situation further improves starting today, no explosions, we can downgrade to Alert Level 2 within two weeks.]

Solidum also noted that Alert Level 4 may only be raised “if renewed magma intrusion from the deep magma reservoir of Taal is detected,” which is still not being observed.

On March 26, Phivolcs raised Taal Volcano’s status to Alert Level 3 after a phreatomagmatic eruption, an explosion that occurs when magma and water interact.

Authorities have evacuated over 3,000 individuals from different barangays near the volcano and have prohibited activities on Taal Lake.