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The Taal volcano in the Philippines erupted this Sunday, for the first time since it was last, more than 40 years ago.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the level of volcanic threat to 4 – imminent dangerous eruption – on a scale of 5, after this Sunday the Taal volcano, the second busiest in the Philippines, erupted by First time for over 40 years.
According to the latest newsletter of the agency, “an imminent dangerous eruption is possible in a matter of hours or days.” In addition, the agency warned of the possibility of a ” volcanic tsunami ” occurring within a radius of 14 kilometers from the main crater of Taal.
The activity of Taal, which is the closest volcano to the capital of the country, has generated a gigantic column of smoke and ashes up to a kilometer high.
Philippine authorities have begun to evacuate the nearby municipalities of Balete, San Nicolás and Talisay, all three in the province of Batangas, said Mark Timbal, spokesman for the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction, cited by the local ABS-CBN media.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport, on the outskirts of Manila, has reported that all flights to or from the airport were suspended as a security measure against the eruption.
The Taal is part of the so-called ‘Volcanoes of the Decade’, 16 mountains known for their violent and deadly eruptions in the past, considered worthy of study and monitoring by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Interior of the Earth.
Source: Actualidad RT