- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised the alert status of Taal from Alert Level 2 to 3
- This, after the volcano in Batangas "generated a short-lived dark phreatomagmatic plume one kilometer high" at 3:16 p.m. on Thursday
- The agency also said that there is magmatic intrusion at Taal’s main crater that may further lead to succeeding eruptions
- Phivolcs likewise shared a video showing the volcano’s phreatomagmatic eruption which immediately went viral
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has placed Taal Volcano under Alert Level 3 on Thursday, July 1, due to magmatic unrest.
In a bulletin released Thursday, Phivolcs said that Taal's main crater "generated a short-lived dark phreatomagmatic plume one kilometer high" at 3:16 p.m.
“This means that there is magmatic intrusion at the Main Crater that may further drive succeeding eruptions."
It also urged residents of high-risk barangays to get evacuated.
"PHIVOLCS strongly recommends Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas be evacuated due to the possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami,” it said.
The said agency likewise shared with the public via social media a video showing the phreatomagmatic eruption of the said volcano in Batangas.
Read the agency's full statement below:
Watch the video of Taal’s phreatomagmatic eruption here:
Taal Volcano is one of the most famous volcanoes in the Philippines. It is located in Batangas and is regarded as one of the most popular tourist spots in the country as well. During summer, it is one of the favorite hangouts of Filipinos from all over the country.
Taal Volcano's latest eruption was recorded on January 12, 2020 that displaced hundreds of thousands last year.
A few months ago, six individuals were arrested after being caught livestreaming themselves near the main crater of Taal.
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