The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) clarified that Taal Volcano did not erupt on Sunday evening, May 23, contrary to rumors spreading on social media.
A video posted online showed what appeared to be lightning in Batangas, where the volcano is located.
Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr., officer-in-charge of Phivolcs, told media that the lightning came from a thunderstorm and was in no way connected to Taal Volcano.
On its Facebook page, Phivolcs also posted footage showing the Taal Volcano main crater, taken between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Sunday.
“Contrary to claims being circulated by some social media posts, no eruptive activity has occurred,” the agency said.
Taal Volcano was raised to Alert Level 2 last March 9 due to “increasing unrest.”
In its bulletin issued 8 am on Sunday, Phivolcs said it did not detect any volcanic earthquake at Taal in the past 24 hours, but “low-level background tremor” has persisted since April 8.
There were also plumes as tall as 1.5 kilometers, caused by “upwelling of hot volcanic fluids” in the crater lake.
Phivolcs reminded the public that there could be sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions and volcanic earthquakes under Alert Level 2.
Taal Volcano’s last eruption was in January 2020. – Rappler.com