May 22, 2024

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Taal Volcano spews thick smoke

A THICK smoke on Sunday was observed from the main crater of the Taal Volcano, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Phivolcs said sulfur dioxide emission at an average of 14,524 tons per day was recorded from the volcano on Sunday.It said activity at the main crater was dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake, which generated plumes 2,200 meters tall that drifted southwest.

The Taal Volcano Network also recorded nine volcanic earthquakes, including eight volcanic tremor events having durations of two to five minutes, and one low-frequency volcanic earthquake from 8:10 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. yesterday.

Taal Volcano remains under Alert Level 2, which means sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around Taal Volcano Island.

Taal Volcano’s last major eruption was in January 2020, affecting more than 736,000 people in Calabarzon, Central Luzon and the National Capital Region.