In a morning press briefing held on Monday, January 13, PHIVOLCS director Dr. Rene Solidum reported that while Taal Volcano's activity has lessened, Alert Level 4 remains due to continued tectonic quakes.

"Umaakyat pa rin ang magma ng tuluyan at nagkakaroon ng lava fountain bandang alas dos quwarenta y nueve hanggang 4:28... Ibigsabihin, magma na talaga 'yong lumalabas this morning.

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"Humupa ng bahagya ang aktibidad at ngayon patuloy pa rin 'yong mga ash eruption, hindi pa rin tumitigil 'yong volcano tecnotic earthquakes, 'yong earthquakes na malalaki... na ang ibigsabihin ay mayroon pa ring paakyat na magma sa ilalim...

"Nakataas pa rin ang Alert Level Number 4, at ito po ay posibleng magdulot ng mas mapanganib na eruption within hours to within days."

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The director added that there's no time frame as to when the volcanic activity will end.

"Hindi pa natin masasabi [kung gaano katagal]...kasi minsan buwan o linggo ang tagal ng eruption, at dahil mayroon pang earthquake, may umaakyat pang magma. May mga eruptions naman na ilang araw lang tapos na, but we cannot say that kasi patuloy pa rin ang earthquake."

He also reiterated that Alert Level 1 has been up in the area of the volcano since 2019.

"Matagal nang nasa Alert Level 1, at hindi nag-e-escalate."

When asked about whether there have already been volcanic tsunamis, the director said, "Wala naman. Ang volcanic tsunami ay maidudulot lamang kung may significant volcanic deposit na nai-displace ngayon 'yong tubig para magkaroon ng alon. So wala pang umaabot sa gan'on."

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