Phivolcs: Magma won't flow from Batangas fissures

Gabriel Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2020 10:39 PM

A puppy crosses a fissure caused by a volcanic earthquake in Agoncillo, Batangas. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Amid posts about the possibility of magma flowing from fissures in Batangas towns due to volcanic quakes, the country's chief seismologist on Wednesday assured the public that it was not the case.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) executive director Renato Solidum said molten rock under Batangas will flow towards Taal volcano, amid circulating social media posts saying the magma underneath Lemery, Agoncillo and San Nicolas were about to flow through ground fractures.

"Wag kayong maniwala diyan," he said.

Solidum explained magma has always been under the surface of towns that surround Taal volcano, which has "magma chambers."

"'Yan 'yung imbakan ng magma. Aakyat 'yan (magma) papuntang ibabaw pero hindi yan tuloy-tuloy. Parang magpa-park muna siya sa ilalim (sa magma chamber)," he told radio DZMM Wednesday.

Fissures appeared in several towns in Batangas after volcanic quakes last week. 

Phivolcs official Mariton Bornas earlier said they will have to measure the volume of magma near the main crater.