Philippine volcano belches plume of steam and ash, alert up – News Vibe24

    Philippine volcano belches plume of steam and ash - Times of India
    MANILA: A tiny volcano near the Philippine capital broke a vapor and ash in the sky in a brief eruption on Thursday, causing an alert level to rise due to increased dangers to nearby villages.
    Government experts said the magical material came in contact with water in the main crater of Taal volcano in Batangas province, triggering the steam-powered eruption without a volcanic eruption. They said it was not clear if the volcanic eruption could lead to a full eruption.
    “It ‘s just an explosive event, it’ s too early to say,” Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology told a news conference.
    The agency raised the alarm to 1,2020 feet (311 meters) Taal, one of the smallest volcanoes in the world, to the third of a five-step warning system, meaning magma is near or on the surface and activity could lead to a dangerous eruption. in weeks. ”
    Warning level 5, which means a life-threatening explosion that could endanger communities, is underway.
    Officials reminded people to stay away from a small island in a picturesque lake where Taal is located and is considered a permanent danger zone along with many nearby riverside villages.
    Taal erupted last January, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and sending ash clouds to Manila, about 65 kilometers north, where the main airport was temporarily closed.
    The Philippines is located along the “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific, an area prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A long-sleeved volcano, Mount Pinatubo, erupted north of Manila in 1991 in one of its largest volcanic eruptions. 20th century, killing hundreds of people.

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