Taal volcano news & activity updates
Taal volcano (Luzon, Philippines) activity update: Significant eruption, first in 43 years, Alert Level raised to 4
Sunday Jan 12, 2020 14:54 PM | BY: MJFLEGEND
Spectacular view of the eruption from Batangas. Credit: Domcar Lagto
Steam-rich eruption plume. Credit: Danny Ocampo.
Taal is erupting for the first time since 1977, and has sent a steam-and-ash plume to 16.8km (55,000ft), accompanied by a lot of lightning. PHIVOLCS has raised the Alert Level to 4 on a scale of 0-5. It is currently unknown whether the eruption is phreatic or phreatomagmatic.
View of the main crater. Credit: Thelma Dumpit.
Taal is an extremely dangerous volcano that has the potential to produce massive base surges and tsunami waves in the lake, as in the last major eruption in 1965; there is a 14km exclusion zone around the main crater in place.
Numerous flights have been cancelled and significant widespread ashfall (described as a "brownout") is causing much disruption, with power outages reported.
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Sunday, Jan 12, 2020
Friday, Mar 29, 2019
The volcano has been becoming more restless and is showing signs of a possible reawakening. PHIVOLCS raised its alert status from 0 (normal) to 1 (abnormal) yesterday. ... [more]
Monday, Jul 01, 2013
Seismic activity remains above background. During 26-27 June, PHILVOLCS recorded 15 volcanic earthquakes. ... [more]
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013
A pulse of more frequent earthquakes (7-9 per day) has been detected under the volcano in recent days. Other parameters show at present no significant changes. ... [more]
Saturday, Apr 06, 2013
Recently, the number of earthquakes has dropped to low (normal) levels of 0-3 on average. Still, some inflation in parts of the caldera and slightly elevated CO2 emissions are present and PHILVOLCS maintains yellow alert level. [more]