TAAL VOLCANO’s eruption in the Philippines has sparked evacuations and warnings of “hazardous eruption imminent” as a giant ash column shot up into the sky.
Towns near Taal Volcano are being evacuated and residents have been taken to safer ground. The Philippines’ volcano monitoring authority PHIVOLCS-DOST has increased the alert status of Taal from Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) to Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent).
In its latest bulletin, PHIVOLCS-DOST said: “This serves as notice for the raising of the alert status of Taal from Alert Level 3 9Magmatic unrest) to Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent).
“As of 5.30pm PST eruptive activity at Taal Volcano Main Crater intensified as continuous eruption generated a 10-15 kilmometre steam-laden tephra column with frequent volcanic lightning that rained we ashfall on the general north as far as Quezon City.
Volcanic tremor was recorded continuously since 11am and two volcanic earthquakes of magnitudes M2.5 and M3.9 were felt at Intensity III in Tagaytay City and Alittagtag, Batangas were recorded at 6.15pm and 6.22pm PST, respectively.”