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Phivolcs records another ‘burst’ in Taal Volcano

July 8, 2021 People's Tonight 281 views

CNN Philippines — State volcanologists recorded another phreatomagmatic burst in Taal Volcano in Batangas on Thursday.

The volcanic activity, which was caused by the interaction of water and magma at the crater, was logged at 6:47 a.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said on Twitter.

The volcano spewed grayish column that was 200 meters high, Phivolcs said.

It also emitted high levels of volcanic sulfur dioxide, averaging at 11,397 tons per day and 60 volcanic quakes, including five explosion-type ones, in the past 24 hours, Phivolcs said in its bulletin.

On Wednesday, the institute observed six small, similar eruptions of Taal, one of the world’s smallest volcanoes located south of Metro Manila.

Taal’s first phreatomagmatic eruption on July 1 after more than a year of calm in volcanic activity prompted officials to raise the restive volcano’s alert level to the mid-range status and evacuate people living in high-risk areas in the towns of Laurel and Agoncillo.

“At Alert Level 3, magma extruding from the Main Crater could drive explosive eruption,” Phivolcs said