Ligaya Drive in Tagaytay is seen being locked down by police Jan. 22, 2020. Ligaya Drive is one of the routes to get to Talisay, Laurel and Agoncillo towns in Batangas from Tagaytay.
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Classes resume in colleges, universities outside Taal danger zone
( - January 23, 2020 - 10:12am

No classes in primary, secondary schools

MANILA, Philippines — The provincial government of Batangas declared that classes will resume in colleges and universities outside the 14-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano Thursday.

In a memo released Wednesday, Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has given clearance to resume classes for all students under the Commission on Higher Education.

This covers all colleges, universities and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority schools outside the danger zone.

However, classes in primary and secondary schools will remain suspended while Alert Level 4 is raised.

"Announcement will be made when the classes in the primary and secondary levels will be resumed," Mandanas said.

Last Sunday, the provincial government released a memo declaring that classes in all levels in Batangas will remain suspended as long as Alert Level 4 is in effect over Taal Volcano.

This was upon the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

As of Thursday morning, Phivolcs said Alert Level 4 remains in effect over the volcano, which means that hazardous explosive eruption is still possible within hours to days.

"Activity in the Main Crater in the past 24 hours has been characterized by weak to moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes 50 to 500 meters high from the Main Crater that drifted southwest," the state seismic network said. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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LATEST UPDATE: February 15, 2020 - 4:32pm

Get updates as Phivolcs issues warnings over Taal Volcano's unrest. (Main photo by Adel)

February 15, 2020 - 4:32pm

Police say they are still waiting for the Scene of the Crime Operatives for confirmation of the victim's identity, whose body was found dead underneath mud on Taal volcano Island.

February 14, 2020 - 9:29am

Phivolcs downgrades the alert status of Taal Volcano from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2.

The state seismic network characterized the activity of the volcano in the last three weeks by "less frequent volcanic earthquake activity, stabilizing ground deformation of the Taal Caldera and Taal Volcano Island edifices and weak steam/gas emissions" at the main crater.

Under Alert Level 2, Phivolcs warned that sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the volcano island.

"People are also advised to observe precautions due to ground displacement across fissures, frequent ashfall, and minor earthquakes," Phivolcs said.

February 8, 2020 - 10:15am

Alert Level 3 is still up over Taal Volcano, state volcanologists say.

According to the 8 a.m. bulletin Saturday, the volcano emitted white to dirty white steam-laden plumes rising 200 to 300m high before drifting southwest in the past 24 hours.

"Weak steaming from fissure vents along the Daang Kastila trail is currently ongoing. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 54 tonnes/day on February 7, 2020," Phivolcs says. 

"The Taal Volcano Network recorded one hundred fifteen (115) volcanic earthquakes including three (3) low-frequency events. These earthquakes signify magmatic activity beneath the Taal edifice that could lead to eruptive activity at the Main Crater," it adds.

February 7, 2020 - 8:36am

Alert Level 3 is still raised over Taal Volcano as its latest activity signify possible eruptive activity at the main crater.

In the last 24 hours, Phivolcs observed moderate emission of white to dirty white steam-laden plumes rising 200 to 300 meters high before drifting southwest.

The state seismic network also observed weak steamong from fissure vents along the Daang Kastila trail.

At least 118 volcanic earthquakes, including five low-frequency events and one harmonic tremor that lasted three minutes were recorded.

"DOST-PHIVOLCS reminds the public that sudden steam-driven and even weak phreatomagmatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall, and lethal volcanic gas expulsions can still occur and threaten areas within Taal Volcano Island and nearby lakeshores," Phivolcs said in its 8 a.m. bulletin for February 7.

February 5, 2020 - 11:07am

Alert Level 3 remains in effect over Taal Volcano as it continues to release steam-laden plumes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says.

In a bulletin issued 8 a.m. Wednesday, Phivolcs says the activity in the main crater in the past 24 hours has been characterized by weak emission of steam-laden plumes that are 50 to 100 meters high, drifting southwest.

Sulfur dioxide emission was measured at an average of 55 tons a day on Tuesday.

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