Philippine volcano: Authorities evacuate thousands as Taal erupts mile-high plume

The Taal Volcano Alert, located about 70 km (45 miles) south of central Manila, has been raised to Level 3 from Level 2 on a 5-level scale, which the Seismology and Volcanology Agency says means “a magma intrusion is underway.” to the main part of Manila.” a crater that could lead to subsequent eruptions.”

“Magma in the shallow part of the crater interacted with water, causing an eruption called phreatomagmatic activity,” Renato Solidum, head of the volcanological agency, told DZMM radio station.

But Solidum said the activity won’t be as explosive as the January 2020 eruption, and that the ashfall could be limited to communities inside the volcano, which sits in the middle of a lake.

According to the disaster management agency, authorities have evacuated more than 1,100 people living in communities on the lake near the volcano. Among the evacuees are fishermen and fishermen in the lake.

Taal is one of the smallest active volcanoes in the world. Although only 311 meters (1,020 ft) high, it can be deadly, with the 1911 eruption killing over 1,300 people.

In January 2020, Taal released a 15 km high column of ash and steam, forcing over 100,000 people to evacuate and dozens of flights being cancelled.

Heavy ash, similar to charcoal, fell on cities and villages, covering everything around. Houses and trees buckled under his weight. The affected areas lacked electricity and fresh water.

Last July, authorities once again evacuated thousands of people after Taal erupted a 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) plume of gas and steam.

Taal Volcano is located on the Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped belt in the Pacific Ocean, where most of the world’s active volcanoes are located. Also, 90% of earthquakes occur here, when tectonic plates collide with each other, causing tremors.

The “Ring” stretches in a 25,000 mile (40,000 km) arc from the edge of the Pacific Plate to smaller plates such as the Philippine Sea Plate to the Cocos and Nazca Plates that flatten the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

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