Eight 'very weak' phreatomagmatic bursts recorded at Taal Volcano

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded eight "very weak" phreatomagmatic bursts at Taal Volcano on Saturday.

Phivolcs said the bursts - which happened between 1:18 p.m. and 9:57 p.m. - lasted for only 10 seconds to two minutes.

Volcanic plumes measuring 400 to 900 meters tall were also detected by thermal cameras around the Taal Lake, according to Phivolcs.

Taal remains under Alert Level 2, which means gas-driven explosions and emission of volcanic gas can happen, and may affect areas within the volcano.

Human activities in Taal Lake and in the volcano's main crater are also still prohibited.

Phivolcs said the volcano located in Batangas tallied daily average of 10,668 tonnes of sulfur dioxide emission this year. The highest so far was last Jan. 27 with 18,705 tonnes.

The agency, however, added there were no volcanic earthquakes recorded since Dec. 19 last year.

"Taal Volcano Island has been deflating since October 2021, based on continuous GPS monitoring," Phivolcs said.