Mar 26, 2022 - Science

Taal volcano forces evacuation in Philippines

Residents living near Taal volcano evacuate to a public school in Laurel, Batangas, on March 26, 2022

Residents living near Taal volcano evacuate to a public school in Laurel, Batangas, on March 26. Photo: Jam Sta Rosa/AFP via Getty Images

More than 1,000 residents were evacuated on Saturday after the Philippines' Taal volcano spewed a 1.5-kilometer plume, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The Taal volcano, located approximately 45 miles south of central Manila, received a level 3 alert on a 5-level scale. That means "there is magmatic intrusion at the main crater that may further drive succeeding eruptions," per Reuters.

  • "Magma in the shallow part of the crater interacted with water, causing an eruption called phreatomagmatic activity," Renato Solidum, the head of the volcanology agency, told DZMM radio station.
  • More than 1,000 residents living in communities near the volcano, including fisherman and fish cage workers, were evacuated.

The big picture: The Philippines' Taal volcano erupted earlier this year, triggering earthquakes and ashfall across the region.

  • Solidum said that ashfall from Saturday's eruption would likely be limited to communities within the volcano, per Reuters.
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