Taal volcano (Luzon Island, Philippines): new phreatomagmatic explosion today

Fri, 2 Jul 2021, 06:12
06:12 AM | BY: MARTIN
Phreatomagmatic eruption generated cock's tail today (image: PHIVOLCS)
Phreatomagmatic eruption generated cock's tail today (image: PHIVOLCS)
A new short-lived phreatomagmatic explosion occurred from the Taal Main Crater at 15:16 local time today as reported local observatory PHIVOLCS in their latest bulletin.
The 5 minutes lasted explosion generated dark pyroclastic material, leading fragments arcing upwards along parabolic paths so-called cock's tail, up to 4,300 ft (1,300 m) altitude. Presence of water is likely causing significant explosive interaction (phreatomagmatic activity) of water and magma.
The event was followed by another four short-lived phreatomagmatic bursts at 18:26, 19:21, 19;41 and 20:20 local time lasted no more than two minutes associated with 200 meters ash columns.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions reached to a 6685 tonnes/day yesterday and continue at above-average levels.
The Taal Volcano Network recorded 52 volcanic earthquakes and 3 minutes tremor during t24 hours between 1-2 July.
In addition, the alert level for the volcano was raised to Level 3 as phreatomagmatic explosion occurred.
Source: Phillippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology volcano activity update 2 July 2021

Timelapse of the phreatomagmatic explosion from Taal volcano today (source: @phivolcs_dost/twitter)

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