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Taal, Mayon volcanoes on Alert level 1

Alert level 1 has been raised over Taal and Mayon Volcanoes after volcanic earthquakes have been recorded Wednesday morning.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (NDRRMC) “Update on Alert Status and Activity of Taal and Mayon Volcanoes” dated April 16, hazardous eruption is not imminent but the public is strictly off-limits in the main crater of Taal as sudden steam explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate.

It also reported that the northern portion of Taal’s main crater rim, which is in Daang Kastila Trail’s vicinity, may also be hazardous as steam emission suddenly increases.

The entire Volcano Island, NDRRMC said, is a permanent danger zone (PDZ).

Alert Level 1 also remains over Mayon Volcano as one volcanic earthquake was recorded Wednesday.

NDRRMC said that the public should not enter the six-kilometer radius PDZ as rockfalls, landslides, ash puffs, and steam-driven or phreatic eruptions from the summit may occur.