Taal Volcano History, Hazards, and Alert Levels
On 14 February, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology announced a lowering of the alert status for Taal Volcano, from alert level-3 (decreased tendency towards hazardous eruption) to level-2 (decreased unrest), to reflect the overall decreasing trend of volcanic earthquake activity. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council over 565,00 people were affected by the eruption in the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, Laguna, and Cavite. More than 11,000 people remain in 76 evacuation centres while 198,000 people are staying with host families. Nearly 8,000 residents of the Taal Volcano Island will be permanently relocated by the Government as access to the island and several at-risk areas near the crater of the volcano remains restricted.