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(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
Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Thursday, February 13. It has been at that status for more than two weeks.
Phivolcs says on Wednesday, February 12, that there were 101 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, higher than the previous figure of 87
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology maintains Taal Volcano at Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, February 11, stressing that risks remain
Phivolcs says on Monday, February 10, that it recorded 11 harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours
Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Sunday, February 9. There are 5 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours.
Phivolcs again notes 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Daang Kastila Trail on Saturday, February 8
Records show that the Batangas provincial government received over P33 million in cash donations from January 15 to February 5
Phivolcs says on Friday, February 7, that 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Taal Volcano's Daang Kastila Trail is ongoing
The 11 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours lasted 2 to 3 minutes each, says Phivolcs on Thursday, February 6
'With loss of power supply, no data will be transmitted from this station and consequently will affect the monitoring of Mayon Volcano,' says Phivolcs
Phivolcs reminds the public that Mayon Volcano has been under Alert Level 2 since March 29, 2018, which means a 'moderate level of unrest'
The 18 harmonic tremors are among 156 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, says Phivolcs on Wednesday, February 5
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.
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.
Volcanic earthquakes still persist, indicating the movement of magma beneath Taal Volcano's crater, says Phivolcs on Sunday, February 2
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Phivolcs says on Saturday, February 1, that Taal Volcano's latest harmonic tremor lasted 3 minutes. It indicates continuing movement of magma.
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
Phivolcs records a harmonic tremor, or rhythmic shaking associated with magma movement, on Thursday, January 30
With no homes and no jobs, the poorest residents get dragged down further below the poverty line after the eruption of Taal Volcano
Some 2,000 police troops earlier sent to help secure and assist evacuees are heading back to the national headquarters in Manila, even with Taal Volcano still restive
President Rodrigo Duterte says local government officials and police assigned to the area are capable of enforcing response plans
Taal Volcano stays at Alert Level 3 on Wednesday, January 29
'Everybody is a victim dito sa volcanic eruption na 'to eh. Pero 'yun nga lang pinagkaiba ng pulis natin is they signed up para maglingkod,' says Talisay police chief Aldrin Jay Baysa
'May alam ang mga tao sa sitwasyon ng bulkan so hindi sila nagpapanic. Nalaman agad nila kung ano ang gagawin, hindi katulad noong dati na wala talaga,' says Vivencio Manguiat, a survivor of the 1965 Taal Volcano eruption
'Scientists provide a path through the dark of misunderstanding...and governments around the world would do well to listen to them. Especially when it's not convenient.'
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
But once the volcano shows signs of imminent explosion, residents say they'll pack their belongings and will be ready to evacuate again
Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes says ashfall from Taal Volcano damaged many houses in his town, so residents are unable to return even if they're already allowed to
Jetmatic pumps will be placed in several evacuation camps such as Batangas Sports Complex, West Bauan, Central School, Bauan Batangas, Lemery, Agoncillo, and San Nicolas
'Tuwang-tuwa po ang aming mga kababayan,' says a resident of Taal town, as they get breathing room following the downgrading of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3
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'
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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
'In a situation like this, even if we're resilient, we will need the help of our countrymen because recovery can't happen quickly. It will take time,' says Leonardo Ebajo, Philippine Red Cross Director for Disaster Management Service
Chaos is not only limited to the impacts of disasters. More often than not, the large number of organizations with different goals and protocols can result in operational problems.
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
Paano at kailan nagsimulang mag-alboroto ang Taal Volcano?
Phivolcs officials explain reported probabilities of a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption happening, and provide details of the 'complex' situation as of Thursday, January 23
Geologist and Philippine Nuclear Research Institute Director Carlos Arcilla says it is important to have people who can better explain volcanic hazards to the public, especially to the affected communities
(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 Hermilando Mandanas says their target is to move evacuees out of all schools within a week and transfer them to other temporary shelters
Anakalusugan Representative Michael Defensor says state universities and colleges might be in a better position to accommodate provisional shelters 'because they have more land, structures, and facilities'
Elias Fernandez Jr of DILG Calabarzon says they will do everything in their capacity to remove residents who refuse to leave their homes located at the danger zone
'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
In a city that is dependent on tourism, vendors and small businessmen are the hardest hit during a disaster
Emergency cash transfers and livelihood assistance are among the forms of aid that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would provide in the long term
The vendors hope that Taal Volcano stops erupting so the park can be thoroughly cleaned with their help and be open to the public again
Tagaytay Sky Ranch is safe from a possible base surge, but still vulnerable to heavy ashfall. The business still decides to open.