Taal Volcano update: Phivolcs monitors magma

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in a bulletin on Sunday maintains a Level 2 alert status over Taal Volcano with the interpretation that magma has been intruding towards the surface.

Phivolcs, noting that Taal Volcano’s seismic network recorded six (6) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours, said the possible flow of magma was manifested by carbon dioxide being released in the Main Crater Lake that could eventually lead to an eruption.

The remarkable increase in carbon dioxide concentration, the agency said, indicated anomalous gas release from the magma at depth.

The Phivolcs advised the public that the Main Crater, Daang Kastila Trail and Mt. Tabaro are strictly off-limits. It said sudden hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate.

Breathing air with high concentration of gases, Phivolcs expained, can be lethal to humans, animals and even cause damage to vegetation.