Despite lesser volcanic earthquakes, Taal Volcano in Batangas could still possibly erupt, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
The Taal Volcano Network recorded 71 volcanic quakes in the past 24 hours (Feb. 12-Feb. 13, 5 a.m.) compared to the 101 quakes in the previous 24-hour observation period (Feb. 11-Feb. 12).
“These volcanic earthquakes signify magmatic activity beneath the Taal edifice that could lead to eruptive activity at the main crater,” Phivolcs bulletin read.
Activity in the main crater in the past 24 hours was characterized by weak emission of steam-laden plumes rising 50 meters to 100 meters before drifting southwest.
Sulfur dioxide emission was measured at an average of 59 tons per day on Feb. 12, while Feb. 11 had an emission of 67 tons per day.
Alert Level 3 remained over Taal Volcano.