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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)

Batangas governor: Funds for Taal Volcano evacuees accounted for

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Records show that the Batangas provincial government received over P33 million in cash donations from January 15 to February 5

HOUSING. Victims of the Taal Volcano eruption may have a new home in Ibaan, Batangas. File photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

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)

Solar panels stolen from Mayon Volcano monitoring station

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:40 AM

'With loss of power supply, no data will be transmitted from this station and consequently will affect the monitoring of Mayon Volcano,' says Phivolcs

This photo taken on December 11, 2014, a farmer walking along a rice field near the foot of Mayon volcano in Legazpi City, Albay province. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

LOOK: Mayon Volcano 'crater glow' as it stays under Alert Level 2

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Phivolcs reminds the public that Mayon Volcano has been under Alert Level 2 since March 29, 2018, which means a 'moderate level of unrest'

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)

Through his own lens: Albert Garcia gets up close with Pinatubo, Taal

Feb 01, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Rappler talks to award-winning photojournalist Albert Garcia about covering the eruptions of Mount Pinatubo and Taal Volcano

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)

WATCH: Broken hearts as Agoncillo residents return to ruined homes

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

With no homes and no jobs, the poorest residents get dragged down further below the poverty line after the eruption of Taal Volcano

Police augmentation force pulls out of Batangas following Duterte’s order

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:49 PM

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

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Duterte orders withdrawal of additional police from Taal eruption response efforts

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says local government officials and police assigned to the area are capable of enforcing response plans

RESTIVE VOLCANO. The Taal Volcano, pictured here on January 26, 2020, remains on Alert Level 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

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

WATCH: Police uphold duty to others, even while affected by Taal Volcano's eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

'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

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Two-time Taal eruption survivor: Access to information saved lives in 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:06 PM

'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

63-year-old Vivencio Manguiat from Balete, Batangas recalls the Taal Volcano eruption which happened on September 28-30, 1965. Rappler Screenshot

[OPINION] Speaking truth to power: Why the government should listen to scientists

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'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.'

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

IN PHOTOS: Despite remaining threat, Taal evacuees simply happy to be home

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:05 PM

But once the volcano shows signs of imminent explosion, residents say they'll pack their belongings and will be ready to evacuate again

Residents enter the town of Lemery, Batangas after they were allowed to return to their homes following the lowering of the Taal Volcano alert level from 4 to 3 on Sunday, January 26. Photo by AFP

Despite reopening of town, Agoncillo residents remain in evacuation centers

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:20 PM

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

Large fissures cause major damages to roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay San Teodoro in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Water facilities being constructed at Batangas evacuation camps for Taal victims

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:42 AM

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

WATER SOURCE. Evacuees watch a team working on installing deep well water pumps in an evacuation site in Batangas. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Some Batangas residents return home as Taal Volcano eases

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:06 PM

'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

CLEAN UP. Residents of Barangay Wawa Ilaya in Lemery, Batangas clean their houses as soon as they came home when Taal Volcano was lowered to Alert Level 3. Photo by Vee Salazar/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

Taal Volcano Eruption 2020

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:00 PM

News updates, disaster response, relief and rehabilitation efforts, survivors’ stories, fast facts, explainers, analyses

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

PH Red Cross calls for more volunteers amid Taal crisis

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:54 AM

'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

RELIEF. The Philippine Red Cross distributes relief goods at the Batangas Sports Complex to over 1,000 families coming from various municipalities affected by the Taal eruption.  Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

[OPINION] A disaster in a disaster: When too many orgs help out in emergencies

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:11 PM

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 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

[PODCAST] Taal Volcano 2020 eruption: Ano ang worst-case scenario?

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Paano at kailan nagsimulang mag-alboroto ang Taal Volcano?

'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

Why we can't let our guard down on Taal Volcano

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM

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

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

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

Limited facilities hinder SUCs from taking in Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:42 PM

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'

SHUNNED. Evacuees who opted to live with their relatives outside danger zones were temporarily refused help by the Tanauan City government. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

WATCH: Gov't to force residents out of homes in Taal Volcano danger zone

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:25 PM

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

THREAT. Taal Volcano still emits steam as a threat of a major explosion is still at bay. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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

WATCH: Taal Volcano eruption hits small vendors hard

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:11 PM

In a city that is dependent on tourism, vendors and small businessmen are the hardest hit during a disaster

DSWD 'ready' if Taal Volcano eruption extends for months

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:50 PM

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

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Vendors clean People's Park in Tagaytay in hopes of quick reopening

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:52 PM

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

CLEAN-UP. Vendors help clean the People's Park in the Sky in Tagaytay City. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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