The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) belied reports making rounds on social media claiming Taal Volcano erupted on Sunday evening, May 23.
In a text message sent to CNN Philippines, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum allayed the fears of netizens who thought lightning over Taal’s vicinity might be originating from the volcano.
“The video that is being circulated showing lighting activities near Taal Volcano is not related to any volcanic activity. There are no recorded and observed activities from the volcano monitoring network and IP cameras in Taal Volcano,” he said.
Solidum also clarified that the alleged explosion reported at Taal was not an eruption but just a thunderstorm activity in Batangas.
State weather bureau PAGASA on Sunday night issued a thunderstorm advisory forecasting moderate to heavy rain showers with lightning and strong winds over Calatagan, Lian, and Balayan in Batangas.
In a bulletin issued last Saturday, Phivolcs said it has observed ‘upwelling of hot volcanic fluids’ that caused steam plumes in Taal main crater lake.
Taal Volcano remains under Alert Level 2 because of increased unrest.