June 15, 2024

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Phivolcs: Phreatomagmatic burst recorded in Taal Volcano

A PHREATOMAGMATIC burst with plumes reaching 300 meters high occurred in Taal Volcano’s main crater on Thursday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The burst, said the Phivolcs was recorded at 4:16 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, with the plume drifting southwest of Taal Volcano.There was no eruption followed, said the report.

Phreatomagmatic eruptions are caused by the interaction of water and magma, according to Phivolcs.

On January 29, a total of  eight phreatomagmatic bursts were also recorded.

Taal Volcano is currently under Alert Level 2  – meaning gas-driven explosions and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas could occur and threaten areas within and around Taal Volcano Island.

The volacano last erupted on January 12, 2020 with ash fall that reached parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces, displacing more than 700,000 people in Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Metro Manila.