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caldera 311 m / 1,020 ft
Luzon, Philippines, 14°N / 120.99°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Taal volcano (Philippines): earthquakes and increased water temperature in the crater lake

Saturday Dec 22, 2012 11:05 AM | BY: T

There are more signs that Taal volcano could wake up in a not too distant future: PHILVOLCS reported new small earthquakes (8 between 21 and 22 December) and detected a small increase in the water temperature of the crater lake during the recent field campaign. In addition, a slight inflation and increase in carbon dioxide emissions by about 15% were measured.
This suggests that magma started to rise in the underground. However, PHILVOLCS scientists do not expect an eruption in a near future and the alert level remains at yellow (unrest, no eruption imminent).
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Previous news
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012
PHILVOLCS reports slightly elevated numbers of earthquakes and increased CO2 emissions in its recent alert bulletin, but otherwise no significant changes in the ongoing weak volcanic unrest. ... [more]
Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012
The water of the Taal caldera lake has become cooler and less acidic and GPS measurements have been showing deflation since August of 2011. This suggests that the unrest at Taal in 2011 was likely an intrusion that has since ceased, the Eruptions Blog writes. ... [more]
Friday, Feb 24, 2012
Field measurements on 21 February 2012 at the western sector of the Main Crater Lake yielded slight increase in water temperature of 31.8°C from 31.4°C, decrease in water level of 0.65 meter from 0.72 meter and slight increase in acidity of pH 2.82 from pH 2.86. Ground deformation survey (precise leveling) on the Volcano Island last 15 - 17 February 2012 indicated no significant change compared with October 2011, but is nonetheless still inflated compared with baseline data. GPS data for the period of February to first week of November 2011 showed slight deflation in Taal Volcano Island beginning August, but nonetheless also indicate that the edifice is still slightly inflated compared to February baseline data. ... [more]
Sunday, Apr 10, 2011
Philolcs, the Philippine volcano monitoring agency, has increased the alert level for Taal volcano. This is based on the following observations: ... [more]
Sunday, Jan 30, 2011
Taal volcano continues to be restless. PHIVOLCS reported slightly increased seismic activity and steam rising from the thermal area inside the Main Crater on 18 January, but temperature, acidity and color of the lake are at normal levels, and the color had not changed. [more]

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