Phivolcs director Renato Solidum. GMA NEWS “The frequent volcanic earthquakes and the increasing levels of sulfur dioxide were indications of magma movement, which may lead to a possible eruption,” Solidum explained. “Definitely may papaakyat na magma. May nagsusupply pa doon,” Solidum said in a press conference on Monday morning. “The increasing (volcanic) gas is an indication that there is magma that can be a cause of possible explosion.” According to Phivolcs director Renato Solidum, there was a rising magma in volcano that indicates that an explosion cannot still be ruled out despite the volcano being calm the past few days. Phivolcs has maintained the Alert level 4 in Taal Volcano, which means hazardous explosive eruption can be expected within hours or days./PN Solidum also raised concerns that Taal Volcano is now an “open system” with no obstructions in the crater in case it has a major eruption but the high-risk areas should be closely observed. MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that magma continues to deform the Taal Volcano island, a movement that can be an indication of possible explosive eruption. In case of eruption, a smaller plume at 3 to 5 kilometers in height can cause ash fall in Cavite but a major eruption creating ash columns higher than 5 kilometers will bring ash to Metro Manila, Laguna, and some parts of Rizal and northern Quezon, he said. Solidum added even if there’s only a steady steam emission and “infrequent weak explosions” that generated ash plumes as high at 500 to 100 meters, volcanic activities underground showed otherwise.