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Phivolcs lowers Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) 'Alert Level 2 means that there is decreased unrest, but should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased,' says Phivolcs on Friday, February 14

White steam emits from Taal volcano crater as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Number of Taal volcanic earthquakes fluctuating

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Thursday, February 13. It has been at that status for more than two weeks.

An aerial view of burnt trees and ash-covered slope at the foot of Taal volcano after its eruption during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Taal volcanic earthquakes slightly up in past 24 hours

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Phivolcs says on Wednesday, February 12, that there were 101 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, higher than the previous figure of 87

A bird's eye view of mud-covered and destroyed houses while a herd of cows stand amongst destroyed trees at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Phivolcs on Taal Volcano: No room for complacency

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology maintains Taal Volcano at Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, February 11, stressing that risks remain

A bird's eye view of mud-covered houses at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Fewer Taal volcanic earthquakes seen, but 11 harmonic tremors among them

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Phivolcs says on Monday, February 10, that it recorded 11 harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours

A bird's eye view of mud-covered houses at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Taal Volcano unrest enters 2nd month

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Sunday, February 9. There are 5 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours.

An aerial view of destroyed trees along the slope after Taal volcano's eruption as seen from a Philippine air force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Steam still coming out of fissures along Taal Volcano tourist trail

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Phivolcs again notes 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Daang Kastila Trail on Saturday, February 8

An aerial view of mud-covered slope with Taal volcano's crater (back) as seen from a Philippine air force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Phivolcs: Fissures along Taal Volcano tourist trail emitting steam

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:05 AM

Phivolcs says on Friday, February 7, that 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Taal Volcano's Daang Kastila Trail is ongoing

Taal volcano is seen past a police line from Talisay town, Batangas province, south of Manila on January 20, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Phivolcs observes 11 more harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:40 PM

The 11 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours lasted 2 to 3 minutes each, says Phivolcs on Thursday, February 6

An aerial view shows the crater of the Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Phivolcs: 18 harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The 18 harmonic tremors are among 156 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, says Phivolcs on Wednesday, February 5

An aerial view shows the ash-covered landscape of the Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Phivolcs records 3rd Taal Volcano harmonic tremor in less than a week

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:45 PM

A harmonic tremor, a type of volcanic earthquake where the shaking is prolonged, indicates the movement of magma. Taal Volcano stays under Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, February 4.

An aerial view shows the Taal volcano on Janaury 18, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Volcanic earthquake from Taal felt in parts of Batangas, Tagaytay

Feb 03, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Phivolcs says the volcanic earthquake was magnitude 3.2 and struck at 4:20 am on Monday, February 3. It is among the latest quakes which show magma is still moving beneath Taal Volcano's crater.

Taal Volcano unrest enters 4th week

Feb 02, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Volcanic earthquakes still persist, indicating the movement of magma beneath Taal Volcano's crater, says Phivolcs on Sunday, February 2

An aerial view shows the landscape of Buso Buso covered in ash following the eruption Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Phivolcs records another Taal Volcano harmonic tremor

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Phivolcs says on Saturday, February 1, that Taal Volcano's latest harmonic tremor lasted 3 minutes. It indicates continuing movement of magma.

DOST-PHILVOCS OIC Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. show the crater area of Taal volcaco 7 km-radius. The Phivolcs lowered volcano alert to level 3 from level 4 and from 14-km radius down to 7-km danger zone from the main crater in a press conference at the PHIVOLCS on Sunday, January 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

On last day of January, Taal Volcano stays at Alert Level 3

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

It's been a long first month of 2020 for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, and Phivolcs reiterates that the unrest is not over yet

Taal from Agoncillo. Rappler

Not over yet: Phivolcs says magma around 5 kilometers below Taal crater

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Phivolcs records a harmonic tremor, or rhythmic shaking associated with magma movement, on Thursday, January 30

Taal magma remains a threat: Science and Technology Undersecretary and Philippine Institute Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Officer-in-Charge Renato Solidum, Jr. tells senators during a public hearing on Urban Planning and Resettlement Thursday, January 30, 2020 that the condition of Taal Volcano would always remain a threat to people on the island and around it. “At the moment, we still see magma about five kilometers below the crater. If it had exploded like before, then it might do so again. Long-term planning and the relocation site that the government will choose would be very important,” Solidum said. (Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB)

Taal Volcano maintains lower likelihood of hazardous eruption

Jan 29, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Taal Volcano stays at Alert Level 3 on Wednesday, January 29

ALERT LEVEL 3. Phivolcs conducts a drone survey of Taal Volcano on January 27, 2020. Screenshot from Phivolcs video

Taal sulfur dioxide, volcanic earthquakes go down further

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Despite the easing situation, Phivolcs reiterates on Tuesday, January 28, that Alert Level 3 remains raised for Taal Volcano, since the unrest has not completely stopped

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

LIST: Batangas towns, cities where lockdowns are lifted as Taal down to Alert Level 3

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Taal Volcano may still erupt so residents who choose to go home must be ready to evacuate again if needed, says the Batangas provincial government

STILL ACTIVE. Taal Volcano as photographed on January 15, 2020. The volcano may still erupt even after its alert level status was downgraded to level 3, government seismologists said on January 26. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Taal Volcano downgraded to Alert Level 3, but threat not over

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Phivolcs says the downgrading of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3 means a 'decreased tendency towards hazardous eruption,' but it does not mean 'that the threat of a hazardous eruption has disappeared'

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Uncertainty goes on as Taal Volcano emits more steam, sulfur dioxide

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Phivolcs says on Saturday, January 25, that Taal Volcano continues to emit 'white steam-laden plumes' and sulfur dioxide, a major gas component of magma

Taal Aerial. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Phivolcs on viral video of man on Taal Volcano Island: 'Maaaring ikamatay'

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Phivolcs says a person would not be able to run from a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption if it occurs while he or she is on the island

RISKY MOVE. A man goes to Taal Volcano Island, which is supposed to be off-limits as the volcano is under Alert Level 4. Screenshot from viral video

'Titigil o tutuloy?': Phivolcs warns Taal Volcano danger remains

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Phivolcs officials explain reported probabilities of a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption happening, and provide details of the 'complex' situation as of Thursday, January 23

Taal Aerial. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

DILG forbids entry in 14-kilometer Taal danger zone

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:38 PM

The DILG directs mayors in high-risk areas to strictly implement a total lockdown

GHOST TOWN. A general view shows vehicles covered in ash by the eruption of the Taal volcano, near Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Low sulfur dioxide from Taal, but not time to relax yet

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hindi porque bumaba ang SO2 (sulfur dioxide) ay safe na tayo, dahil puwedeng nababarahan lamang ang mga labasan ng SO2,' says Phivolcs official Maria Antonia Bornas on Wednesday, January 22

Batangas governor says classes may resume soon in areas not on lockdown

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas says their target is to move evacuees out of all schools within a week and transfer them to other temporary shelters

FOR EVACUEES. The newly-built Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center in Barangay Malainin, Ibaan, will serve as a temporary shelter for Taal Volcano evacuees. Photo courtesy of the Batangas Capitol PIO

Phivolcs 'respects' Talisay vice mayor's feelings, but 'firm' in science

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:35 AM

'We understand their plight, so we are working doubly hard so we can give them the best information,' says Phivolcs official Maria Antonia Bornas on Tuesday, January 21

Taal Volcano on January 20, 2020. Screenshot from Rappler video

FALSE: Binintiang Malaki is 'not real' Taal crater

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Taal Volcano has 47 craters and Binintiang Malaki is among them

Tagaytay Sky Ranch still vulnerable to 'heavy ashfall' – NDRRMC

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Tagaytay Sky Ranch is safe from a possible base surge, but still vulnerable to heavy ashfall. The business still decides to open.

VULNERABLE. Taal Volcano eruption as seen from Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City. Photo by Zark Del Mundo

Alert Level 4 stays as Taal Volcano unrest enters 2nd week

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Phivolcs reiterates on Monday, January 20, that people are strongly advised to stay out of high-risk areas surrounding Taal Volcano

TAAL VOLCANO. A view of the volcano from Tagaytay City on January 20, 2020. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Taal Volcano threat not over a week since eruption began

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs official Maria Antonia Bornas says on Sunday, January 19, that they are looking at all scenarios for Taal Volcano

PARTLY FALSE: 'Lava will come out of the fissures' caused by Taal Volcano activity

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Based on Phivolcs' hazard maps, there are only 5 potential eruption vents, all found in Volcano Island or Taal Lake

With Taal Volcano magma still rising, Alert Level 4 remains

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Habang may paggalaw ng magma, ibig sabihin hindi pa talaga siya humuhupa,' says Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr on Saturday, January 18

WATCH: Taal Volcano’s crater up close

Jan 17, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Here is an aerial video of Taal Volcano up close days after it blew tons of ash into the air

ASH-CLOAKED. The Taal Volcano island on Friday noon, January 17 Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

'Steady' emission, cracks widen as Taal Volcano stays under Alert Level 4

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Phivolcs says on Friday, January 17, that 'steady steam emission' has been observed from Taal Volcano, while existing fissures or cracks in parts of Batangas have widened by a few centimeters

Large fissures cause major damages to roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay Bangin in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

11 Batangas towns on total lockdown amid Taal eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:13 AM

More towns are now under lockdown amid the continuing threat of a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption

LOCKDOWN. A police checkpoint in Balete, Batangas at dawn of January 17, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

FALSE: Low tide in Oriental Mindoro sign of possible volcanic tsunami

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:32 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it is 'almost unlikely' for the low tide in Oriental Mindoro to cause a volcanic tsunami

Taal Volcano showing 'weak' emission, but 'intense' tremors

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says a hazardous eruption is still 'imminent,' but it is now looking at the possibility that there may be a lull for a considerable period of time

ASH PLUME. A view of the steam-laden column from the Taal Volcano at 6:21 am on January 16, 2020. Photo from Phivolcs

FALSE: Taal Volcano 'draws in' water from Oriental Mindoro

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Phivolcs says it is 'almost unlikely' for Taal Volcano to draw in water from the seas surrounding Oriental Mindoro because they are not connected

5 Batangas towns now under total lockdown due to Taal eruption

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Authorities impose the lockdown to keep people away from danger, says Batangas police provincial director Edwin Quilates

LOCKDOWN. Members of the Armed Forces aid in evacuating residents of Laurel, Batangas on January 13, 2020 as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash and steam. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIST: Where to get official, reliable info on Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:45 AM

Bookmark these websites and social media pages for accurate information on the Taal Volcano eruption

Taal Volcano threat persists, at least 466 volcanic earthquakes recorded

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Phivolcs says on Wednesday, January 15, that 'intense seismic activity' indicates magma is still rising and the possibility of a 'hazardous' eruption remains

Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Major Taal eruption still possible as volcanic quakes persist, cracks emerge

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) Volcanic earthquakes continue and fissures or cracks are seen in parts of Batangas, indicating that Taal Volcano magma continues to rise

A view of Taal Volcano from Tagaytay, Batangas as it spew thick clouds of ash on January 13, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Taal Volcano activity had little effect on Metro Manila air quality – expert

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:00 PM

UP Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology's Dr Gerry Bagtasa says many air quality sensors, at least in Quezon City, have recorded low levels of air pollution

AFTERMATH. Local officials (L) talk to homeless people as they distribute face masks to protect themselves from volcanic ash along a sidewalk in Manila on January 12, 2020, after ashfall from the Taal Volcano reached suburban Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

FALSE: 'NDRRMC update' on Taal Alert Level 5

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:43 PM

As of 5 pm on January 13, 2020, Taal Volcano is still on Alert Level 4

PARTLY FALSE: Pacific Ring of Fire 'now active'

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM

There can be several volcanic eruptions on any given day

FALSE: 'Magnitude 7.8 earthquake on January 15' after Taal eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Phivolcs maintains that there is 'no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time, and location of large earthquakes'

FALSE: 'Photo' of Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The photo is of the Santiaguito lava dome in Guatemala and not Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano spews lava as hazardous eruption feared

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:35 AM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs sees lava fountains emerging from the Taal Volcano on Monday, January 13

Image from Phivolcs

'Hazardous' Taal Volcano eruption possible 'within hours to days'

Jan 12, 2020 - 3:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) Phivolcs raises Alert Level 4 for the Taal Volcano in Batangas on Sunday evening, January 12, warning that a 'hazardous' eruption is 'imminent'