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37 volcanic quakes felt at Taal but no reason for worry, scientists say

At least 37 volcanic quakes were recorded at Taal Volcano in Batangas in the 24 hours ending Friday, but the but the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology assured the public that the alert level at Taal Volcano remains at "1."

At least 37 volcanic quakes were recorded at Taal Volcano in Batangas in the 24 hours ending Friday, but the but the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology assured the public that the alert level at Taal Volcano remains at "1."
 
The number of quakes was two more than the 35 recorded on Thursday.
 
Geologist and Climate X head CP David said these volcanic quakes "may represent the breaking of rocks due to a rising magma underneath."
 
"However, since no other indicators (of a rising magma) are recorded such as (carbon dioxide or sulfur dioxide) increase, significant bulging flanks, increase in temp of the lake etc. the warning remains as level 1," he told GMA News Online.
 
Alert Level 1
 
In its Friday bulletin, Phivolcs said Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Taal Volcano, meaning a hazardous eruption is not imminent.
 
But it reminded the public the Main Crater should be strictly off-limits because "sudden steam explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate."
 
Also, it said the northern portion of the Main Crater rim near Daang Kastila Trail may also become hazardous when steam emission along existing fissures suddenly increases.
 
Phivolcs also reminded the public the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone and permanent settlement in the island is strongly not recommended. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News

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