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Filipino scientists warn of explosion in Taal Volcano | Philippine News


The highest level of sulfur dioxide eruption is recorded as explosive, indicating an explosion, officials say.

Another eruption on the second volcano in the Philippines could erupt at any moment in the near future amid volcanic eruptions, according to government scientists.

More than 3,000 people from the villages at high risk of Taal eruption in Batangas province, 66km (41 miles) south of Manila capital, have he fled their homes since Thursday, when the eruption erupted, spewing explosive air and steam into the atmosphere.

Since then, small explosions of volcanic air and vapors have been produced by Taal.

On Sunday, “the highest concentration of sulfur dioxide emissions is recorded … about 22,628 tons per day, the highest ever recorded in Taal,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a statement.

The release was accompanied by a series of 26 high-magnitude earthquakes “connected by magmatic degassing”, he added.

“These observations could indicate that an explosion similar to the July 1, 2021 incident could happen soon,” the agency said.

Phivolcs warned of a 3-degree explosion, which means there was “excessive magmatic extrusion on a large crater that could cause an explosion”.

Taal exploded on January 12, 2020, evacuating more than 376,000 people from surrounding towns.

At that time, 39 people, at rescue centers, died from illnesses and accidents caused by the massive ash, according to the provincial government.

Taal has exploded 33 times since 1572.

The same explosion in January 2020 blew up 15km (9 miles) of volcanic ash, smashed many homes, killed livestock and sent more than 135,000 people into camps.

The Taal is also unique in that it is the only known mountain in the world at sea.

It is a popular tourist destination on its beautiful beach.


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