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Philippines: ‘Remarkable Increase’ in Volcanic Tremors in Taal; Massive Fishkill Remains a Mystery

By ELLALYN B. DE VERA – “MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) observed a “remarkable increase” in the number of volcanic earthquakes around Taal Volcano with 115 tremors during its 24-hour observation period.

Out of the 115 earthquakes detected from 8 a.m. last Sunday until 8 a.m. Monday, 12 were felt with intensities that ranged from 1 to 4 and accompanied by rumbling sounds, Phivolcs reported.

The 12 tremors were felt by residents in Barangays Pira-piraso, Alas-as, and Calauit located in the northeast, southwest, and southeast sectors of the volcano, respectively.

One of these events recorded at 8:32 p.m. last Sunday was felt at Intensity I; nine events (1:02:19 a.m., 1:02:26 a.m., 2:32 a.m., 2:53 a.m., 2:12 a.m., 3:08:19 a.m., 3:08:52 a.m., 3:17 a.m., 3:19 a.m., 3:26 a.m. recorded Monday) were felt at Intensity II; one event (1:26 a.m. Monday) was felt at Intensity III; and another one (1:05 a.m. Monday) was felt at Intensity IV.” Read more.

Why did millions of fish drop dead in a lake near Philippines volcano? – “Wildlife experts have been baffled by the sudden death of more than 800 tons of fish which have rotted on farms in a lake near Taal volcano south of Manila. Residents were stunned when the milkfish, a widespread local dish, began dying and floating of the surface late last week. Officials have banned the sale of the rotting fish, which are being buried by the truckload in Talisay and four other towns in Batangas province.” Read more.



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