The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) advised the public to remain on alert even after Taal Volcano started to ‘lie low’.
Maria Antonia Bornas, chief of the PHIVOLCS Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division, said on Thursday, Jan. 16, that they still need to collect additional data to determine whether the ‘period of lull’ means that Taal Volcano will have a prolonged eruption or if the volcano no longer poses a threat.
“Kailangan pa natin ng iba pang datos para makita kung ano pa yung maaring gawin ng bulkan, kung magiging mabilisin ba o magiging prolonged yung activity niya o maaring tapos na,” Bornas stressed in an interview with DZRH.
“Medyo nag-lie low bigla ang Taal pero hindi ibig sabihin niya na dapat ay mag-relax na tayo at wala ng panganib,” she added.
Bornas mentioned that the number of volcanic earthquakes lessened but some of them still had a strong magnitude and it means that Taal Volcano still has magma underneath.
“Ito kasing malalaking lindol ay naghuhudyat ng volume ng magma sa ilalim ng bulkan pero kumukunti ang bilang nila (earthquakes),” Bornas explained.
The PHIVOLCS official reiterated the warning for residents to leave and stay away from the 14 kilometer radius high-risk area around Taal Volcano since the threat of a major explosion remains
Bornas also expressed hope that Taal Volcano will immediately release its stored magma so that the danger will pass.
“Mas maganda na sana na kung yung naipon na magma sa ilalim ng bulkan ay ipuputok, sana ay mabilisan na dahil malaki yung dagok sa ating mg kababayan sa Batangas, yung displacement na matagal,” Bornas said.