16 Apr '11, 6am

Increasing activity at Philippine volcano

Increasing activity at Philippine volcano

MANILA: More quakes and gas emissions have been detected from a volcano on an island close to the Philippine capital, possibly indicating an eruption is looming, according to the government. Twenty volcanic quakes were detected at Taal Volcano in the 24 hours to Saturday 8:00am (0000 GMT) compared to 15 quakes in the same period on Friday, indicating that magma is still rising to the surface, the volcanology institute said. Additionally, the water in the crater of Taal is heating up while the volcano's emissions of carbon dioxide have risen from 1,875 tonnes per day in February to 4,670 tonnes by the end of March. "If this trend continues, we may have to raise alert level again," said Paul Alanis of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). People were warned not to approach Taal's crater or parts of its slopes where gas could still vent out. Phivo...

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