Bornas also said that the Phivolcs isalso “bothered” by the increased number of volcanic earthquakes especially nowthat Taal’s magmatic chamber has opened up, allowing space for movement ofmagma underneath. MANILA – Residents near the Taal Volcanostill cannot relax as the number of volcanic quakes in the area hassignificantly increased, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology(Phivolcs) warned on Sunday. Phivolcs Volcano Monitoring and EruptionPrediction Division chief Mariton Bornas said a total of 787 volcanicearthquakes have been listed in the past 24 hours, including 15 low-frequencyearthquakes. The National Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Council so far recorded a total of 96,061 individuals who wereaffected by the eruption in Batangas, Laguna and Cavite. Of this number, 70,413 are taking temporary shelter in evacuation centers./PN “We are looking at all of thescenarios and lagi po nating ina-assesshourly, daily ‘yung monitoring ng data at applicability ng alert level. At kami na po ang magsasabi kung kailangan na tayong magbaba,”Bornas said. Residents of nearby areas, particularlythe affected towns of Agoncillo, Talisay, Laurel, and San Nicolas in Batangasare still expected to follow the government’s strict evacuation protocol untilthe alert level is lowered. “Nagkakaroonpa rin po tayo ng minor eruptions, walangsign na malakas as of the moment.Maaaring magkaroon pa rin ngphreatomagmatic eruptions, and meron of course malakas na expulsion ng gas.Mapanganib ‘yung mga ‘to,” she added. “Medyonababagabag kami sa aming nakalap na monitoring data. Kapag nag-umpisa ulit [angeruption], napakaliit ng lead time lalo na ngayong nabuklat na ang bulkan kasi nung una, closed system pasiya na hindi pumuputok…so mas lalana po ngyon na open na ang bulkan,mabilis na po ang pagsampa ng magma, wala nang pumipigil sa kanya napressure,” Bornas said. Following Taal’s eruption which sent ashinto parts of Metro Manila a week ago, the Phivolcs noted a quieter volcanowith frequently continuing earthquakes since last week. Residents affected by the erupting Taal Volcano leave their town after authorities allowed them to collect belongings and abandoned animals in Agoncillo, Batangas, Jan. 17, 2020. REUTERS With Alert Level 4 still in effect,hazardous explosive eruption may still occur within hours or days, Bornasexplained, adding that it was conducting further assessment of the probabilityof all scenarios considering the volcano’s behavior.