Overall Orange alert Volcanic eruption for Taal
in Philippines

Event summary

Volcanic eruption Taal can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID VO 1000012
Name: Taal
Glide number: VO-2021-000071-PHL
Lat/Lon: 14.002 , 120.993
Event Date: 08 Jul 2021 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 3080000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 29950000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 6
Population Exposure Index PEI: 7
Inserted at: 08 Jul 2021 13:54 UTC

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Philippines - Taal Volcano eruption, update (ECHO 06 Jul 2021)Tue, 06 Jul 2021 15:45

  • The activity of the Taal volcano continues, steam-rich plumes generated from the main crater rose up 3,000 metres. At least 40 volcanic earthquakes have been recorded as well as high levels of volcanic sulfur dioxide gas emissions. The alert level of the volcano stands at 3.
  • According to the Department of Social Welfare and Department (DSWD-DROMIC), 7,909 people have been displaced, of which 1,970 have been sheltered in 14 evacuation centres in Batangas Province (Calabarzon Region). Furthermore, 4,619 people have been affected across 61 Barangays in the aforementioned Province.
  • The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) maintains the Permanent Danger Zone and entry into the island as well as into the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel (Batangas) must be prohibited.
Philippines - Taal Volcano eruption, update (ECHO 07 Jul 2021)Wed, 07 Jul 2021 15:54

  • Over the past 24 hours, Taal volcano registered high levels of volcanic sulfur dioxide emissions and steam-rich plumes that rose up to 1,500 metres.
  • More than 3,000 people have been evacuated in 20 evacuation centres and 5,782 people have been affected in 63 Barangays of Batangas Province (Calabarzon Region) as reported by the Department of Social Welfare and Department (DSWD-DROMIC).
  • The alert level of the volcano stands at 3.
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report provides information about global volcanism on a weekly basis. Latest Taal report has been published on 07 Jul 2021 08:26.
PHIVOLCS reported that anomalously high sulfur dioxide emissions were recorded at Taal, averaging 14,241 and 13,287 tonnes/day on 28 June and 1 July, respectively. Upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the crater lake produced steam-and-gas plumes that rose as high as 3 km. Vog in the vicinity of the volcano persisted. At 1516 on 1 July a phreatomagmatic eruption generated a dark, 5-minute-long, Surtseyan plume that rose 1 km above the lake. The Alert Level was raised to 3 (on a scale of 0-5) at 1537. According to news articles and the Philippine Coast Guard, authorities began evacuating residents in Banyaga, Bilibinwang, Gulod, Boso-boso, and Lakeshore Bugaan East around 1700. Four additional short eruptions (less than two minutes) were recorded at 1826, 1921, 1941, and 2020, each ejecting material as high as 200 m. PHIVOLCS noted that TVI is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and entry into the island as well as high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel is prohibited. More phreatomagmatic eruptions on 2 July, at 1025, 1047, and 1101, jetted material 100 m above the lake. Sulfur dioxide emissions averaged 10,254 tonnes/day. Vigorous upwelling in the lake was visible in the afternoon, and steam-and-gas plumes that rose as high as 3 km drifted SW and NW. On 3 July steam-and-gas plumes rose 2.5-3 km and drifted SW and NW. Sulfur dioxide emissions averaged 14,699 tonnes/day, the highest ever measured from Taal. The high emissions and weather conditions again created vog in the area. A news article noted that about 10 children showed signs of illness from the vog. On 4 July PHIVOLCS issued a special advisory noting, again, a new record-breaking high of sulfur dioxide emissions at 22,628 tonnes/day. A total of 26 strong and very shallow low-frequency volcanic earthquakes below the E part of TVI had been recorded since the beginning of the day. Some of the earthquakes were accompanied by rumbling and weakly felt by fish cage caretakers off the NE shore. Lake upwelling persisted during 5-6 July with steam-and-gas plumes rising 2.5-3 km. Sulfur dioxide emissions averaged 5,299 tonnes/day on 5 July. The DROMIC report stated that 3,027 people were in 20 evacuation centers, and 2,759 people were in private residences by 6 July. Sources: ABS-CBN News,Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC),Philippine Coast Guard (PCG),Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)
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Alert status at Taal lowered2021-07-24T19:00+0200.

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) decided to lower the alert status of Taal Volcano to level 2 on Saturday after it noticed a stop in the eruptive activity of the volcano, following its July 1 phreatomagmatic
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DSWD DROMIC Report #19 on the Taal Volcano Eruption as of 23 July 2021 ... 2021-07-24T08:16+0200.

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