Philippine scientists on Tuesday raised the alert level over the country’s second most active volcano following signs of increased unrest.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) placed Taal volcano in Batangas province, 66 kilometres south of Manila, under alert status level 2.
“This means that there is probable magmatic activity that may or may not lead to an eruption,” the institute said in a bulletin.
Evacuation of residents living near the volcano is not yet recommended, but local government units were advised to boost contingency plans in case of more unrest.
Over the past 24 hours, Phivolcs monitored ground swelling, a spike in temperature of the water in the crater lake, and dozens of volcanic earthquakes.
Taal last erupted on January 12, 2020, forcing more than 376,000 people to flee their homes in surrounding towns.
It has erupted 33 times since 1572.
Thirty-nine people died due to illness while in evacuation centres and accidents caused by thick ashfall, according to the provincial government.
The authorities did not specify how many of those deaths were directly related to the volcano’s eruption.
It is a popular tourist destination for its picturesque crater lake.
Taal also has the distinction of being the only volcano in the world within a lake on an island.
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