Taal volcano: Philippines increases danger level as thousands evacuate

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The alert for the Taal volcano, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of central Manila, has been raised from level 2 to level 3 on the 5-level scale, which, according to the Seismology Agency and of volcanology, meant a “magmatic intrusion” at the main level. the crater “could lead to further eruptions”.

Taal is one of the smallest active volcanoes in the world. Although it is only 311 meters (1,020 feet), it can be fatal, and an eruption in 1911 killed more than 1,300 people.

In January last year, Taal shot a column of ash and steam up to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the sky, forcing more than 100,000 people to abandon their homes, cancellations of widespread thefts and heavy ash falls in Manila.

While the situation could go either way, authorities warned on Thursday that the type of rash could potentially be more dangerous than last year.

The water in the Taal crater boiled before and after its eruption, a video posted on the seismology agency’s Facebook page showed.

The magma came into contact with the water in the crater, which then turned into gas and vapor, known as a phreatomagmatic eruption.

“The phreatomagmatics is more dangerous because there is already an interaction with the magma,” Maria Antonia Bornas, head of the agency’s eruption monitoring and forecasting division, told a press conference.

The towns of Agoncillo and Laurel, located on the lake surrounding the Taal volcano, were in danger of eruption and volcanic tsunami, the seismology agency said.

The National Disaster Bureau has warned of earthquakes linked to the eruptions.

The evacuation of Agoncillo began in the late afternoon, said Batangas province governor Hermilando Mandanas, with more than 3,500 families – nearly 14,500 people – to be moved to safe areas.

Dump trucks were dispatched to help and pay loaders and evacuation centers were being prepared, he added.

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