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The Taal volcano reduces its activity although the alert is maintained due to the risk of explosive eruption

January 16, 2020
Imagen del volcán Taal, visto desde Batangas, Filipinas

Image of Taal volcano, seen from Batangas, Philippines – GETTY

MADRID, Jan. 16 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The activity of the Taal volcano, located about 66 kilometers south of Manila, in the province of Batangas, in the Philippines, has reduced its activity in the last hours although the level of alert four is maintained before the risk of an explosive eruption, according to The Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Philippines (Phivolcs) reported Thursday.

The Taal volcano reduces its activity although the alert is maintained due to the risk of explosive eruptionThe Taal volcano reduces its activity although the alert is maintained due to the risk of explosive eruption

The activity of the volcano, although it has been reduced in general terms, is still in the range of risk of an explosive eruption in the next hours or days. In its first newsletter on Thursday, the Phivolcs has indicated that the volcano is expelling columns of gray smoke and that the ashes are dispersing from the southeast to the west of the main crater.

Since 1 pm on Sunday, the Phivolcs has recorded 566 volcanic earthquakes, 172 of them of magnitudes between 1.2 and 4.1. From 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, the volcanological center has registered 103 earthquakes, fourteen of them with intensities ranging from 1, .4 to 4.

“This intense seismic activity probably means the continuous magmatic intrusion under the Taal volcano, which could lead to more eruptive activity,” said the Phivolcs, according to the Philippine newspaper 'The Philippine Star'.

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