China News Agency, Batangas, March 26 (Reporter Guan Xiangdong) On the morning of the 26th local time, the main crater of the Taal volcano in the Calabarzon region of central Luzon Island in the Philippines briefly erupted, sending ash and steam to 1,500 meters. high altitude, accompanied by seismic activity.
On the same day, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level of the volcano from level 2 to level 3, because magma intrusion into the main crater may cause subsequent eruptions.
The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction Council (NDRRMC) issued a notice on the same day that local government departments in the Calabarzon region are closely monitoring the dynamics of Taal Volcano.
There are about 12,000 residents in the area, and more than 1,000 people from more than 240 families in two towns have been evacuated that day.
The head of the Calabarzon region of the Philippine Civil Defense Office said that if the situation near the volcano continues to be in crisis, the government will increase its manpower and material resources for disaster relief.
The last eruption of Taal Volcano was on January 12, 2020. The ash eruption reached a maximum height of 10 to 15 kilometers and continued to erupt for more than 10 days.
At that time, one million people were forced to leave their homes in Batangas province, the worst-hit province of the volcano.
According to records, the eruption of Taal Volcano in 1754 lasted as long as seven months.
The Philippines is located in the Pacific Rim Volcanic Seismic Belt, where earthquakes and volcanoes occur frequently.