Taal Volcano, patuloy na nagbubuga ng sulphur dioxide

Patuloy na nagbubuga ng sulphur dioxide ang Taal Volcano sa Batangas.

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Nagbigay babala na ang Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) – Taal Volcano Network sa mga residente malapit sa Taal Volcano sa maaring negatibong epekto nito sa kalusugan.

Phivolcs said the gas emissions peaked at 9,911 tons per day on June 10, the highest recorded in the Taal Volcano network.

PHILSTAR, 13 June 2021.

Sa panayam ng Manila Times kay Phivolcs Chief Renato Solidum Jr., una nang naitala ang mataas na level ng sulphur dioxide noong March 1, 2021.

Nitong Biyernes ay umabot na sa 4,673 tons ang average emission per day.

‘…sulfur dioxide gas emission in the previous week has been generally high with a peak of 1, 182 tons on March 21, 2021.’

Dagdag pa ng PHIVOLCS, bagama’t walang naiitalang volcanic earthquake, may posibilidad pa rin na sumabog ito.

At dahil isang acidic gas ang sulphur dioxide, pinapayuhan ang lahat na magsuot ng N-95 facemask upang maproteksyunan ang sarili sa negatibong epekto nito sa kalusugan lalo na sa mga may asthma, buntis, matatanda, at bata.

Agoncillo residents, crops affected by sulfur dioxide from Taal Volcano

Nakakaranas na rin umano ng ‘throat irritation‘ ang mga taga Barangay Banyaga, Bilibinwag, at Subic Ilaya sa Agoncillo, Batangas.

Nananatiling nasa Alert Level 2 (Increased Unrest) ang estado ng Taal Volcano.

Narito ang naging update ng PHIVOLCS umaga ng June 13, 2021.

In the past 24-hour period, the Taal Volcano Network did not detect any volcanic earthquake; however, low-level background tremor has persisted since 08 April 2021.

Activity at the Main Crater was dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake which generated plumes 1,500 meters tall that drifted to the north-northwest and southwest. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission averaged 2,009 tonnes/day on 12 June 2021.

Based on ground deformation parameters from electronic tilt, continuous GPS and InSAR monitoring, Taal Volcano Island has begun deflating in April 2021 while the Taal region continues to undergo very slow extension since 2020. These parameters indicate overall that magmatic unrest continues to occur at shallow depths beneath the edifice.

Mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok o pagpunta sa Taal Volcano Island at sa mga natukoy na Taal Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

Alert Level 2 (Increased Unrest) is currently maintained 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 must be strictly prohibited into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ, 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.

Maraming larawan din na kuha ng mga netizens ang umikot sa social media na nagpapakita ng makapal sa usok na nagmumula sa Taal Volcano.

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