Just recently, PHIVOLCS shared the most recent Taal volcano bulletin – 6pm today, January 18. The volcano is still under Alert Level 4 (Hazardous Eruption Imminent). According to the bulletin, the volcano’s activity is seen producing weak emission of steam laden plumes.
“Since 8:00am this morning, Taal Volcano’s activity has been generally characterized by weak emission of steam laden plumes 500 to 800 meters high from the Main Crater that drifted to the general southwest. A total of two (2) discrete weak ash explosions were observed,”excerpts from the eruption update.
“The Philippine Seismic Network (PSN) plotted a total of six hundred seventy-three (673) volcanic earthquakes since 1pm, January 12, 2020. One hundred seventy-five (175) of these felt with intensities ranging from Intensity I to V. Since 5am to 12nn today, there were thirteen (13) volcanic earthquakes plotted,” continued the bulletin.
“Alert level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days,” in the last paragraph of the bulletin.