Authorities on Monday thwarted an attempt by two groups of tourists to get near the crater of the restive Taal Volcano in Southern Luzon.
The tourists, about to leave Talisay town (Not Talisay on Cebu!) on two motorized bancas, but were stopped by Philippines Coast Guards before they could leave, as quoted by Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo.
The tourists planned to visit the volcano’s crater, which is currently showing signs of unstability.
Last week, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level at Taal to "2," citing increased activity in the area.
Philippines Coast Guard have stated that tourists can visit the area on boat tours but only as far as Pulo Island which is around half way.
The Coast Guard have stated boat tours can go upto half way which is Pulo Island. Going straight to Pulo is strictly prohibited so you have been warned breaching the rule will be a three strike offence :-
- first offense meriting a stern warning
- second, a fine on both the boat operator and resort owner at the point of origin.
- third offense means vessel confiscation and closure of the resort.
Some Taal Volcano information you may not be aware of and its activities
Taal Volcano is a complex volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is situated between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas in Batangas. It consists of an island in Lake Taal, which is situated within a caldera formed by an earlier, very powerful eruption. It is located about 50 km (31 Miles) from the capital, Manila. It is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, all part of the Pacific ring of fire.
The volcano has erupted violently several times, causing loss of life in the populated areas surrounding the lake, the current death toll standing at around 5,000 to 6,000. Because of its proximity to populated areas and eruptive history, the volcano has been designated a Decade Volcano worthy of close study to prevent future natural disasters. It was thought to be named as "a volcano inside a volcano" because many believed that the lake that circles the volcano was once a crater or mouth of a volcano.
The Batangas province towns along the shores of Taal Lake include Tanauan, Talisay, Laurel, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, Cuenca, Lipa, Balete and Mataas na Kahoy. The extinct crater on Volcano Island is also visible along high property value Tagaytay Ridge for visitors coming from Manila or enroute the Batangas coast and ports to the South.
Taal Volcano Eruptions
1977, 1976, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1911, 1904, 1903, 1885?, 1878, 1874, 1873, 1842, 1825, 1808, 1790, 1754, 1749, 1731, 1729, 1716, 1715, 1709, 1707, 1645, 1641, 1635, 1634, 1609, 1591, 1572.
Taal Volcano Eruptions 1572-1911 Timeline graph of Taal Volcano Eruptions from 1600-2010
The most recent period of activity lasted from 1965 to 1977, and was characterized by the interaction of magma with the lake water, which produced violent phreatic explosions. The 1965 eruption in particular led to the recognition of base surge as a process in volcanic eruption (due to the fact that one of the American geologists, who visited the volcano shortly after the 1965 eruption, had witnessed an atomic bomb explosion when he was a soldier). The eruption generated base surges and cold pyroclastic flows, which travelled several kilometres across Lake Taal, devastating villages on the lake shore and, killing about a hundred people. The population of the island was evacuated only after the onset of the eruption. Precursory signs were not interpreted correctly until after the eruption. Eruptions in 1968 and 1969 were characterized partly by Strombolian activity and produced a massive lava flow that reached the shore of lake Taal. The 1977 eruption merely produced a small cinder cone within the main crater.