According to scientists team of Philippines government, second-most active volcano of Philippines, Taal Volcano, can erupt anytime soon amid “anomalously high” volcanic gas emissions in Philippines.

  • About 3,000 residents have left their homes from high-risk villages around Taal Volcano in Batangas province since the volcano erupted.
  • Since the recent eruption of Taal Volcano, several bursts of volcanic gas and steam have been generated by it.
  • Philippines also recorded the highest levels of volcanic sulphur dioxide gas emission after eruption. Sulphur dioxide emission is about 22,628 tonnes per day.
  • These volcanic emissions were accompanied by 26 strong and very shallow low-frequency volcanic earthquakes because of magmatic degassing”.

Backdrop

Last eruption at Taal was observed on 12th January 2020. It displaced more than 376,000 people from nearby areas. 39 people, in evacuation centres, died because of illness and accidents caused by thick ashfall. Taal volcano has erupted 33 times since 1572.

Taal Volcano

Taal volcano is a large caldera filled by Taal Lake. It is located in province of Batangas. It is considered as most active volcanoes in Philippines, with a total of 34 recorded historical eruptions. All these volcanoes were concentrated on Volcano Island, near Taal Lake. Caldera was formed by prehistoric eruptions during 140,000 and 5,380 BP. This volcano is a part of Ring of Fire. This volcano was known as Bombou or Bombon in 1800s.

Ring of Fire

The region around rim of Pacific Ocean where several volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. It is a horseshoe-shaped belt which is about 40,000 kilometer long and 500 kilometer wide. Ring of Fire comprises of Pacific coasts of South America, North America & Kamchatka.

Taal Volcano in Philippines could erupt anytime