By Bohol Island News Staff | 04:49 PM January 12, 2020
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised an alert level 3 in Taal Volcano following an ongoing phreatic explosion at the main crater.
Phivolcs has advised residents in high-risk areas in Barangays Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas to immediately evacuate due to possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami.
“The public is reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a permanent danger zone and entry into the island as well as high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel is prohibited,” the advisory read.
Phivolcs also shared earlier this afternoon the photos taken from installed IP camera monitoring the activity of Taal Volcano.
Phivolcs Undersecretary Renato Solidum also confirmed this, in a report by Inquirer.
The agency said there were three earthquake events recorded on Sunday at 07:35 a.m., 10:43 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A seismic swarm also started at around 11 a.m. and was ongoing as of 2:10 p.m.
The active volcano last erupted in 1977.
According to a bulletin by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, ground deformation and gas emission were observed in the wake of the eruption.
NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal told reporters that evacuation was ongoing in the municipalities of San Nicolas, Balete and Talisay as of 3:13 p.m. No figures on the evacuees have been offered as of this writing.
Taal is an active volcano that straddles in the provinces of Cavite and Batangas provinces.