Increased sulfur dioxide emission recorded at Taal Volcano by Phivolcs

Increased Sulfur Dioxide Emission Detected from Taal Volcano

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported on Thursday that there has been a rise in sulfur dioxide emission from the Taal Volcano.

According to Phivolcs, a total of 14,558 tonnes per day of volcanic sulfur dioxide gas was measured from the Taal Main Crater on February 29, 2024. This marks the second-highest recorded flux for the year.

On average, the Taal Volcano emitted 9,450 tonnes per day of sulfur in February, as stated by Phivolcs. The agency noted that there were no observations of volcanic smog or vog, and three volcanic earthquakes were recorded in February.

Currently, the volcano is under Alert Level 1, indicating a low level of volcanic unrest. This means that minor eruptions, earthquakes, and ashfalls may occur.

Phivolcs has advised local authorities to take necessary precautions against the potential effects of sulfur dioxide in their communities. They emphasized the importance of continuously monitoring and assessing volcanic sulfur dioxide exposure and potential impacts.

“DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Taal Volcano’s activity, and any new significant development will be immediately communicated to all stakeholders,” Phivolcs added.

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