- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) lowered the alert level of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 1
- The announcement came four weeks after Alert Level 2 was raised over Taal Volcano
- Alert Level 1 means that the Taal Volcano only shows abnormal or low-level activities
- However, PHIVOLCS warned that it should not be interpreted that the volcano remains unrest for good
State volcanologists Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) announced on Thursday that alert level over Taal Volcano has been lowered to Alert Level 1.
KAMI learned that the status was lowered four weeks after Alert Level 2 was announced.
In a report by the CNN Philippines, Alert Level 1 or abnormal activity is the lowest of a five-tiered alert system.
PHIVOLCS shared that only low-level volcanic earthquake activity and stabilized ground deformation were recorded.
As reported by the GMA News Online, the PHIVOLCS said that there has been a decline in the daily average of volcanic quakes.
"Taal Volcano's condition in the succeeding four (4) weeks after step-down to Alert Level 2 on 14 February 2020 has been characterized by low-level volcanic earthquake activity, stabilizing ground deformation of the Taal Caldera and Taal Volcano Island (TVI) edifices and weak surface activity at the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure," it read in the bulletin.
According to a report by Rappler, PHIVOLCS warned that Taal Volcano is still in abnormal condition and it should not be interpreted that it is now unrest and there will be no eruption that will happen in the future.
"Alert Level 1 means that the volcano is still in abnormal condition and should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased or that the threat of an eruption has disappeared,” it said.
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On January 12, 2020, the Taal Volcano erupted after 43 years of unrest. On January 14, Alert Level 4 was raised and nearby residents were forced to evacuate their homes.
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