- Taal Volcano suddenly exploded on Saturday morning forcing around nine thousand residents living within the vicinity to flee the area
- Experts call it a “phreatomagmatic burst,” which occurs when hot magma comes into contact with water
- The eruption also unleashed gray smoke that reached three kilometers into the sky
- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Philvocs has raised Alert Level 3 at Taal, indicating that magmatic eruptions could ensue
Like and share our Facebook posts to support the KAMI team! Share your thoughts in the comments. We love reading them!
Taal Volcano burst without warning on Saturday morning, forcing some nine thousand residents who live within the vicinity to flee the area and seek shelter elsewhere.
The eruption also unleashed a thick gray smoke that experts say reached three kilometers in to the clear skies.
In a report by the Inquirer, scientists call the explosion a “phreatomagmatic burst,” which happens when hot magma comes into contact with water.
Low-frequency sound waves were also recorded, though these are oftentimes recorded only by scientific instruments and cannot be heard by humans.
PAY ATTENTION: Enjoyed reading our story? Download KAMI's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major Filipino news!
“Kumpara noong January 2020, dahan-dahan umaakyat ang magma....Hindi na masyadong explosive ang eruptions na nakikita natin compared noong January 2020,” Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said during a public briefing, as reported by CNN Philippines.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Philvocs has raised the Alert Level to three within the immediate vicinity of the volcano.
Alert Level 3 suggests that magma continues to push up to the main crater of the volcano, raising the chance of subsequent eruptions similar to what happened on Saturday.
A bulletin update released by the Philvocs a couple of hours ago revealed that two new eruptions were recorded early morning Sunday, March 27, which released smoke plumes between 400-meter to 800-meters into the sky.
Between 2020 to 2022, the sporadic eruptions of the volcano have caused the demise of thirty-nine people and hundreds of millions of pesos in damages to properties.
Taal Volcano, referred to as Bulkang Taal by locals, is a huge caldera filled with water and referred to as Taal Lake located in the province of Batangas. The volcano is among the most active in the country with 34 recorded eruptions so far, all of which occur on Volcano Island near the center of Taal Lake. Scientists say there is likelihood that prehistoric eruptions formed the caldera. Until now, experts are unable to determine if such formation continues to play a factor in the very active status of the volcano.
In an earlier report, the Philvocs raised the alert level of Taal Volcano on the morning of March 26. Residents living near the volcano were also advised to leave the are for their safety.
A video of the eruption of Taal Volcano also surfaced online. It can be recalled that the volcano has been showing unrest since the year 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Philippine soil.