– The volcanic eruption is forcing thousands to flee
The Taal volcano, located in a lake south of Manila, erupted on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to flee.
Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes after ash and steam were sent hundreds of feet high in a Philippine volcanic eruption on Saturday.
The Philippine Volcanic and Seismological Survey said the Taal volcano, located in a lake south of Manila, erupted at 7:22 a.m. local time (00:22 Swiss time). He warned that further eruptions were possible, which could trigger dangerous and rapid volcanic eruptions of gas, ash and debris and tsunamis.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. Following the initial eruption, “almost continuous ferromagnetic activity” sent the 1500-meter-long bloom into the air.
Another ‘possible’ eruption
Princess Kozalan, a scientist at the agency, likened it to pouring water into a “hot pot”, saying a mitochondrial eruption occurs when molten rock comes in contact with ground or surface water.
Princess Kozalan told AFP the ash and vapor emissions had subsided in the hours following the initial eruption, but company sensors at the site continued to detect volcanic eruptions, saying another eruption was “possible”. “There is a magmatic infiltration at the level of the main abyss, which may be conducive to subsequent eruptions,” the company warned.
Residents in five villages have been ordered to evacuate their homes, regional civil defense spokesman Kelvin John Reyes told AFP. According to the latest official data, these villages are home to more than 12,000 people. Police have been mobilized to prevent people from going to high-risk areas.
Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in the country, located in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is part of intense seismic activity. Access to the volcanic island, once inhabited by several thousand people, has been blocked since January 2020, when an eruption spewed ash 15 kilometers away and spewed volcanic eruptions on dozens of homes, killing livestock and displacing tens of thousands of people.