Large cracks in roads around the Taal volcano

MANILA, Philippines – New cracks have found several roads in Batangas amid a potentially dangerous eruption of the Taal volcano.

It was reported yesterday at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) that cracks or cuts that reached nearly 3 kilometers in length were found in Barangay Sinisian East, Long Lagoon, Dayapan, Palanas, Sangalang, and Poblacion in the town of Lemery; Barangay Pansipit in Agoncillo; Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, and Poblacion 5 in Talisay; and Poblacion in San Nicolas.

The crater then branches and penetrates many homes. Up to 20 homes were destroyed due to cracks.

There are also cracks in the road connecting Agoncillo to Laurel, Batangas.

Large cracks mean that there is still activity occurring beneath the Taal volcano, such as the gradual increase of magma from the underground, according to Ma. Antonia Bornas, chief of the volcano monitoring division of the Phivolcs.

Bornas said the fissures seen in the Taal volcano were similar to 1911 resulting in ‘explosive eruption’.

“These fissures or fractures, this also occurred during the 1911 volcanic eruption before being programmed for climactic or explosive eruption,” Bornas said at a press conference yesterday.

“These are the ones that we have been observing as the massive quake, along with fissures or new fissures, suggests that there is actually some magma going up in Taal,” he said.

Yesterday the Taal’s ashes and lava fountains slowed down slightly but the public did not have to be complacent.

The total number of earthquakes in Taal Volcano has reached 335 since Sunday afternoon, Bornas said.