The Taal Volcano has released thick smoke that caused haze and volcanic smog, or vog, which was observed on Taal Volcano Island and various areas in Batangas, according to the Taal Observatory on June 12, 2024.

The surroundings in downtown Lipa City were veiled in haze and vog. 

Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas, was also obscured, and haze was evident even along the Star Tollway.

Thick smoke was also seen from the Batangas Port, as captured by a passenger heading to the pier early in the morning.

According to the Taal Volcano Observatory, the volcano continues its degassing activity.

"Sa northern areas po ng Taal Volcano Island, from our survey kanina, may naitala po kaming sulfur smell that is potentially vog. Dito po sa northern areas po, posible po ang vog, then sa other areas po ay maybe haze po ang nakikita," Jerome De Lima, Science Research Specialist & Office in Charge of the Taal Volcano Observatory, said.

The waters of Taal Lake appeared white, and the volcano was difficult to discern for some residents of Barangay Nangkaan, Mataasnakahoy. They did not smell any sulfur.

In Tanauan City, Batangas, white smoke was also visible in the air. Some residents reported experiencing throat and eye irritation.

"Should the volcano degas more on the following hours at may maaamoy po ang tao na medyo nakakasulasok na amoy, sulfuric odor, o medyo [may] irritation sa nose and throat, potentially vog na po ito," De Lima said.

Authorities advised residents living near Taal Volcano to stay vigilant at all times and wear face masks if necessary.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported no eruption or phreatic explosion, but there was a slight seismic activity in the volcano.