Taal Volcano spews more ash, ‘strongest in the past few days’ says volcanologist

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spewed more ash Friday morning, which described by a volcanologist as the “strongest in the past few days.”

Taal Volcano spews more ash, 'strongest in the past few days' says volcanologist
Image from Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

State seismologists said such volcanic activity proves that magma continues to rise under Taal’s surface.

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Paolo Reniva, Taal resident volcanologist reported the volcano started to spew ash at 5:11 a.m. and is the “strongest in the past few days.”

“Ito ay patunay na may aktibidad pa sa ilalim kasi nandyan pa po ang magma at ‘yung tubig diyan ay napapakuluan. Wala lang masyadong puwersa para magkaroon ng pagsabog pero ‘yung steaming eh nagincrease nang konti,” officer-in-charge Renato Solidum told radio DZMM.

(This is proof that there is still activity underneath because the magma is still there and the water there is boiling. There is just not enough force to cause an explosion, but the steaming increased a bit.)

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Taal Volcano spews more ash, ‘strongest in the past few days’ says volcanologist

Solidum again emphasized that residents could not return to their homes on the volcano island since Taal Volcano is still Alert Level 4, meaning a hazardous eruption could happen within days.

“Pag nabara ‘yung usok na ‘yan, s’yempre magkakaroon ng pressure. Baka sumabog,” he said.

(When that smoke is blocked, there will be pressure. It may explode.)

Last week, Taal Volcano’s main crater lake dried up and so us nearby rivers like the Pansipit River. More cracks and fissures were also observed near the volcano. These are signs of continuous magma movement and a possible explosive eruption of the volcano.

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