Phivolcs records 113 tremors in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 26) — State seismologists have recorded an increasing number of volcanic tremor episodes in Taal this week.

On Friday, Phivolcs recorded 113 volcanic tremor episodes — some lasting up to 34 minutes — in the past 24 hours. The institute said weak steam-laden plumes were emitted from the vents of the main crater, and there has been a "very slow and steady inflation" of the Taal region.

Phivolcs recorded 6 tremors on Monday, none the next day, then two on Wednesday. It went up to 69 on Thursday and 113 on Friday.

Despite these volcanic activities, Taal remains under Alert Level 1. Phivolcs warned the public that sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur. Entry into Taal's permanent danger zone remains prohibited.

Several residents living on Taal Island, which was supposed to be a no man's land, were evacuated last week as a precautionary measure due to the volcano's recent activity. Phivolcs on Feb. 17 warned of another potential phreatic eruption from Taal Volcano similar to what happened early last year after.