The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) appealed yesterday to residents living within the seven-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano not to return to their homes yet due to the threat of “explosive eruptions.”
“We need to observe Taal Volcano’s activities. In case there will be a downward trend, we have to wait for two weeks to make sure that it’s already safe to return and to lower its status,” Science Undersecretary and Phivolcs officer-in-charge Renato Solidum Jr. said in an interview with Teleradyo.
While there is presently no indication of a bigger eruption, Solidum reminded the public to “be vigilant, because magma is rising.”
On Thursday, Phivolcs raised the alert level of Taal from 2 (increased unrest) to 3 (magmatic unrest) as it reminded the public to avoid entering Taal Volcano island and the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel in Batangas.
Phivolcs also issued an evacuation advisory covering the barangays of Banyaga and Bilibinwang in Agoncillo, and the barangays of Gulod, Boso-boso and Lakeshore Bugaan East in Laurel town. Affected areas also include Poblacion, and Sinturisan in San Nicolas, Subic Ilaya in Agoncillo, Apacay, Taal, Boot in Tanauan City and San Sebastian in Balete.