Quakes rock Taal Volcano
Moderate volcanic earthquakes rocked Taal Volcano on Sunday, causing some residents to flee the area for fear of a possible tsunami, ABS-CBN News learned Monday. A Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology report said the first earthquake occurred at 7:45 p.m. and registered intensity 3 on the Richter scale. An intensity 2 quake was also recorded a minute later. Phivolcs official Allan Luz advised the public to remain calm, adding that volcanic quakes do not usually result in tsunamis. The quakes drove some 300 families to flee to the Pulo public market and Balas High School in Talisay town. Alert status of Taal Volcano has been raised to Level 1 due to increased level of earthquake activity. Phivolcs added that there has been no intensification of seismic activity that may indicate an imminent eruption.
Phivolcs advised the public that the entire volcano island is a permanent danger zone and permanent settlement in the area is strictly prohibited.