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Taal Volcano: Another hazardous explosive eruption expected

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 16, 2020
The Philippine Taal volcano has become generally weaker but volcano experts warn another hazardous explosive eruption may be imminent.
Taal Volcano
Volcano in the Philippines   More than 100 tremors have been reported since yesterday
More than 100 tremors have been reported since yesterday, indicating magma was still rising and the danger of an eruption remains high. Authorities are warning locals not to attempt to return to their homes during this perceived period of calm, Reuters reported.

Topics: Taal volcano eruption

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the volcano has "generally waned to weak emission of steam-laden plumes [but] we are analyzing what this seeming calm of the volcano means," Maria Antonia Bornas, chief science research specialist at PHIVOLCS, told reporters.

The river near the volcano and the lake inside it have dried up. Bornas said this was expected as the volcano was spewing lava the day after it coughed huge clouds of ash into the air on Sunday, Reuters reports.

But PHIVOLCS continues to advise the "total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and additional evacuation of areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within an 8.7-mile radius of Taal Main Crater."

"The public is reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone, and entry into the island as well as high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel is prohibited," PHIVOLCS warns, while areas in the general north of Taal Volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall.