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Phivolcs calls for evacuation in high-risk barangays of Agoncillo, Laurel towns

Jul 1, 2021

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised the alert level of Taal from Level 2 or increasing unrest to Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) and recommended the immediate evacuation of people in high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel in Batangas.
In its Taal Volcano Bulletin 1 issued at 3:37 p.m. on July 1, Phivolcs reported that Taal Volcanos main crater generated a short-lived dark phreatomagmatic plume reaching 1 kilometer high with no accompanying volcanic earthquake.
In raising Taal Volcanos alert level, Phivolcs says theres now magmatic intrustion at the main crater that may further drive succeeding eruptions. Phivolcs strongly recommends Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas, be evacuated due to the possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami, Phivolcs warned.
Phivolcs reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and entry into the island as well as high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel is prohibited. Moreover, Phivolcs said communities around the Taal Lake shore are advised to take precautionary measures and be vigilant of possible lakewater disturbances related to the ongoing unrest.