Taal Volcano

LIVE UPDATES: Taal Volcano unrest in 2022

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LIVE UPDATES: Taal Volcano unrest in 2022

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Taal Volcano in Batangas to Alert Level 3 on March 26, warning that there was magmatic unrest which may drive eruptions. This prompted the evacuation of residents from several high-risk areas.

Two weeks later, on April 9, Phivolcs downgraded Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2 due to decreased unrest. Then around three months after that, on July 11, Taal’s status was further lowered to Alert Level 1, though state volcanologists warned there could still be sudden phreatic or steam-driven eruptions.

Bookmark this page for Phivolcs bulletins, information on government response, updates about evacuations, and other news about Taal Volcano.

LATEST UPDATES

Taal Volcano sulfur dioxide increases on September 29

Acor Arceo

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded an increase in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission from Taal Volcano on Thursday, September 29.

In an advisory at 7 pm, Phivolcs said it recorded 10,718 tons per day of SO2 from Taal’s main crater on Thursday, which “produced significant volcanic smog or vog.” Vog was reported in the municipalities of Laurel, Agoncillo, and Santa Teresita in the province of Batangas.

SO2 emission has also averaged 6,612 tons per day for September, “in a continued trend of elevated emission” since July 15.

Phivolcs added that degassing has increased since the start of August, as seen in the upwelling or rising of volcanic fluids in the Main Crater Lake and in the emission of “voluminous steam-rich plumes” up to 2,500 meters or 2.5 kilometers high above Taal Volcano Island.

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Phivolcs warns of Taal volcanic smog, acid rain as sulfur dioxide stays high

Phivolcs warns of Taal volcanic smog, acid rain as sulfur dioxide stays high

Taal Volcano again emits high level of sulfur dioxide on August 7

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For the second time in five days, state volcanologists warned of an increase in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission from Taal Volcano in the province of Batangas.

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Taal Volcano sulfur dioxide spikes on August 3

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Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission from Taal Volcano has spiked again, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Wednesday, August 3.

Phivolcs recorded 12,125 tons per day of SO2 from Taal on Wednesday morning, the highest since the volcano in Batangas was downgraded to Alert Level 1 on July 11.

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Taal Volcano lowered to Alert Level 1 as unrest eases further

Taal Volcano lowered to Alert Level 1 as unrest eases further
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Phivolcs lowers Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2 as unrest declines

Phivolcs lowers Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2 as unrest declines

Phivolcs bulletin, April 8, 8 am

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Phivolcs reported the following in its Taal Volcano bulletin issued at 8 am on Friday, April 8:

● Volcanic earthquakes: none detected in past 24-hour period

● Main Crater Lake activity: upwelling of hot volcanic fluids which generated plumes 900 meters tall, drifting south-southwest

● Sulfur dioxide emission: averaged 109 tons per day on Thursday, April 7

● Ground deformation: Taal Volcano Island and the Taal region began deflating in October 2021

Taal Volcano has been under Alert Level 3 since March 26. Phivolcs said magmatic intrusion at the main crater could drive succeeding eruptions.

Phivolcs bulletin, April 7, 8 am

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Phivolcs reported the following in its Taal Volcano bulletin issued at 8 am on Thursday, April 7:

● Volcanic earthquakes: none detected in past 24-hour period

● Main Crater Lake activity: upwelling of hot volcanic fluids which generated plumes 900 meters tall, drifting southwest

● Sulfur dioxide emission: averaged 255 tons per day on Wednesday, April 6

● Ground deformation: Taal Volcano Island and the Taal region began deflating in October 2021

Taal Volcano has been under Alert Level 3 since March 26. Phivolcs said magmatic intrusion at the main crater could drive succeeding eruptions.

Phivolcs bulletin, April 6, 8 am

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Phivolcs reported the following in its Taal Volcano bulletin issued at 8 am on Wednesday, April 6:

● Volcanic earthquakes: 1 in past 24-hour period

● Main Crater Lake activity: upwelling of hot volcanic fluids which generated plumes 600 meters tall, drifting southwest

● Sulfur dioxide emission: averaged 265 tons per day on Monday, April 4 (latest data given)

● Ground deformation: Taal Volcano Island and the Taal region began deflating in October 2021

Taal Volcano has been under Alert Level 3 since March 26. Phivolcs said magmatic intrusion at the main crater could drive succeeding eruptions.

Close to 2,500 families displaced by Taal Volcano unrest

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that a total of 2,445 families or 8,335 people were displaced due to the Taal Volcano’s eruption on March 26. 

A total of 2,803 families or 9,562 individuals were affected by the volcano’s unrest. At least 1,192 families or 4,085 individuals remain in evacuation centers.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said that assistance provided to affected families had reached P1.7 million. He said the distribution of cash aid from the national government was still being scheduled.

According to Bautista, the department continues to monitor the situation with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Department of Science and Technology. In case another eruption happens, the DSWD has already prepositioned about P80 million worth of food and non-food items in warehouses in Batangas and Cavite.