Taal Volcano: Alert Level in Philippines Raised After Crater Spews Plume of Smoke

Source: Sky News



Authorities in the Philippines have raised the danger level of the Taal volcano after it spurted a huge plume of gases and steam into the air. The Taal volcano in Batangas province, south of the capital Manila, caused disruption and concern on Thursday after spewing the 1km (0.62mile) high phreatomagmatic plume.

According to the British Geological Survey, such eruptions take place as a result of magma erupting through water.Volcanologists in the Philippines raised the alert status to level three from level two after the explosion, which means “there is magmatic intrusion at the main crater that may further drive succeeding eruptions”. Authorities have started urging residents in the lakeside towns of Agoncillo and Laurel in Batangas Province to evacuate due to possible eruption hazards, including a potential for a volcanic tsunami.


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