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Thu, 3 Sep 2020, 07:17
High thermal anomaly at Taal volcano detected by MIROVA (image: MIROVA)
According to MIROVA Detection System a high thermal anomaly (380 MW) was detected in satellite images yesterday at 02:40 local time. ... read all
Tue, 18 Aug 2020, 07:56
Steam plume from Taal volcano today (image: @iwannakish/twitter)
PHIVOLCS reported that 20 m high gas-steam plume occurred today at the vents of the Main Crater and extending to the south-southwest of the volcano. ... read all
 

Taal volcano

caldera 311 m / 1,020 ft
Luzon, Philippines, 14°N / 120.99°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
Last update: 3 Sep 2020 (high thermal anomaly; weak fumarolic activity)

Taal volcano with its lake-filled 15x20 km wide Talisay (Taal) caldera is a beautiful caldera volcano, but also one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes of the Philippines. Taal has had some of the country's largest and deadliest eruptions: At least 6 eruptions during the recorded history of Taal since 1572 claimed fatalities, mostly from powerful pyroclastic flows, as well as tsunamis produced in the crater lake.

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Typical eruption style: Explosive
Taal volcano eruptions: 2020, 1977, 1976, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1911, 1904, 1903, 1885(?), 1878, 1874, 1873, 1842, 1825, 1808, 1790, 1754, 1749, 1731, 1729, 1716, 1715, 1709, 1707, 1645, 1641, 1635, 1634, 1609, 1591, 1572

Last earthquakes nearby

TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 (GMT)
1 Dec 4.45 am (GMT +8) (30 Nov 2020 20:45:00 GMT)
1.5

34 km - More
26 km002 km N 03° E of Mabini (Batangas), Philippines
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 (GMT)
27 November 2020 - 01:21 PM (PST) (27 Nov 2020 05:21:00 GMT)
2.0

8 km - More
15 km1.9 km north of Matingain, Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 (GMT)
24 November 2020 - 02:14 AM (PST) (23 Nov 2020 18:14:00 GMT)
2.7

5 km - More
28 kmSouth China Sea, 11 km south of Sinisian, Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines

Background

The Taal caldera is largely filled by Lake Taal, whose 267 sq km surface lies only 3 m above sea level. The maximum depth of the lake is 160 m, and contains several eruptive centers submerged beneath the lake. All historic eruptions took place from the 5-km-wide volcanic island in the northern-central part of the lake.
The island is formed by overlapping stratovolcanoes, cinder cones and tuff rings (maars). Historic eruptions have seen the constant change and growth of the island.
Taal caused one of the worst volcano disasters in history: its eruption in 1911 killed 1334 people and caused ash fall as far as Manila city. Due to its devastating potential, Taal was declared one of the "Decade Volcanoes" in the Decade Volcanoes program of the 1990s in order to incentive study and monitoring of the volcano. Taal is today one of the most closely monitored volcanoes in the region. An increase in seismic activity under Taal was recorded in November 2006, followed by an increase in hot water springs in the crater in April 2007.

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