Taal Volcano emits average of 15,416 tonnes of sulfur dioxide per day

In the past 24-hour period, the Taal Volcano Network recorded twenty-seven (27) volcanic earthquakes, including seventeen (17) volcanic tremor events having durations of two (2) to twenty-two (22) minutes, ten (10) low-frequency volcanic earthquakes, and low-level background tremor that has persisted since 07 July 2021.

Activity at the Main Crater was dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake, which generated plumes 3,000 meters tall that drifted north northwest. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission averaged 15,416 tonnes/day on 22 August 2021.


In addition, vog was observed over Taal Volcano and vicinity. Based on ground deformation parameters from electronic tilt, continuous GPS, and InSAR monitoring, Taal Volcano Island has begun deflating in April 2021. The Taal region continues to undergo very slow extension since 2020.

Alert Level 2 (Increased Unrest) prevails over Taal Volcano. DOST-PHIVOLCS reminds the public that at Alert Level 2, sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around TVI.

DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly recommends that entry into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone, or PDZ must be strictly prohibited, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, and occupancy and boating on Taal Lake.


Local government officials are advised to continuously assess and strengthen the preparedness of previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake in case of renewed unrest.

Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.

DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Taal Volcano’s activity, and any new significant development will be immediately communicated to all stakeholders.


Body of woman with 37 stab wounds found in Catbalogan

The body of a woman who sustained 37 stab wounds was found in Catbalogan City, Samar, police said Monday.

According to Eastern Visayas police, the victim was identified as Margie Monarba, 26, and a resident of Barangay Silanga.

It was first reported that the victim told her husband early Saturday morning to open the store, but she did not get there.

At around 1 pm, the victim’s body was found stabbed and without clothes in a ravine on the side of the road.

The reward for those who can provide information about the culprit is up to P100,000. The reward came from the victim’s family and barangay officials of Silanga.

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