By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor
The eruption of Taal volcano earlier this month may have only been the tip of the iceberg.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said last week that another, potentially bigger, eruption could take place “within hours to days.”
As such, the province of Batangas remained under Alert Level 4, which means a hazardous eruption remained imminent.
Philvolcs said at the start of this week that “intense” volcanic earthquakes continue to be recorded, indicating that magma is still rising within the volcano.
If a hazardous eruption occurs, Philvolcs will raise Alert Level 5, the highest level.
Tens of thousands of Taal residents were forced to evacuate when the volcano erupted on January 12. Philvolcs had called for a mandatory “total evacuation” of Taal, especially the island where the volcano is located.
Aside from the non-stop volcanic earthquakes — mostly of low intensity — Philvolcs said there remained a “steady” emission from Taal’s main crater.
The institute said that aside from the island where the volcano is located, residents within a 14-kilometer radius must be forcibly evacuated.
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