The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has placed the Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3 following a 5-minute eruption on Thursday afternoon, July 1.
It was a brief phreatomagmatic eruption that was caused by new magma coming into contact with water and subsequently created a “dark grayish plume” at 3:16 PM It was then followed by four short phreatomagmatic bursts lasting two minutes each from 6:26 to 8:20 in the evening.
As of 8:00 AM of Friday, July 2, the Taal Volcano Network “recorded 29 volcanic earthquakes, including one one explosion-type earthquake, 22 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes, and two volcanic tremor events having durations of three minutes, and low-level background tremor” which they have detected since April 8 of this year.
High levels of volcanic sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions have also been observed from the Taal Main Crater and volcanic smog (vog) spread over Metro Manila earlier this week. However, no volcanic ashfall can be expected as the plume from the eruption reportedly did not rise very high.
More than 1,200 residents of areas near Taal Volcano have already evacuated to shelters since the phreatomagmatic explosion as a preemptive measure.
Filipinos are also reminded that the entire Taal Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone and are not allowed entry to the island as well as high-risk barangays Agoncillo and Laurel.
The Taal Volcano last erupted in January 2020.
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Stay safe, everyone!
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