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Small but Terrible

No one who could imagine, that this little volcano in Philippines would erupt after how many years of sleeping.

One of tourist spot in our country is Tagaytay because of the picturesque view of Taal Volcano and the cold breeze of the place. Tagaytay is the second highest sea level.

I remember last year, we were about to go to Tagaytay to pick-up some things from my best friend who are staying in Wind Residences. We were stuck in the middle of the traffic jam at South Luzon Express Way then we decided to stop at Evia Lifestyle Centre in Las Pinas to took our lunch. When we were about to finish, some of the people were talking about the ash fall on their windscreen. I checked my facebook account and saw all over my feeds that Taal had a big eruption. We cancelled our trip but I tried to contact my best friend if they were affected of the eruptions, luckily they were on the way back to Manila.

Taal Volcano is a large caldera, which was formed by prehistoric eruptions and filled by Taal lake located in the province of Batangas. It is the most second active volcano in the Philippines.

There were 43 recorded eruptions from 1572 to 2020. Some of them are as follows:

a. 1572 – recorded as 1st eruption

b. 1591 – mild eruption took place, featuring great masses of smoke from the crater

c. 1605 to 1611 – displayed such great activity that Father Tomas de Abreu had a huge cross erected in the brink of the crater

d. 1707 to 1731 – the volcanic activity shifted from the main crater to other parts of the volcano island.

e. 1707 & 1715 – eruptions occurred accompanied with thunder and lighting in Binintiang Malaki (giant leg) crater where as the most of the pictures from Tagaytay view.

f. 1709 & 1729 – minor eruptions occurred on western tip of the island of Binintiang Malaki

g. 1716 – a more destructive eruption happened last September 24, 1716, when the whole southeastern portion of the crater where opposite of Mt Maculot was blown out.

h. 1731 – eruption of Pira-piraso or the eastern tip of the island created a new island

i. 1749 – volcanic activity returned to the Main Crater on August 11, 1749 and it lasts till 1753.

j. 1754 – then came the great 200-day eruption which lasted from May 15 to Dec 12. This time, the Pansipit river was blocked causing the water level in the lake to rise and nothing was left except the walls of the church and convent in Taal province. Everything was buried beneath a layer of stones, muds and ashes.

k. 1790 – after 54 years it was erupted again.

l. 1808 – another big eruption occurred, the immediate vicinity was covered with ashes and brought great changes in the interior of the crater.

m. 1874 – on July 19, 1874, an eruption of gases and ashes killed all the livestock on the island.

n. 1878 – ashes ejected by the volcano covered the entire island

o. 1904 – when erupted a new outlet in the southeastern wall of the principal crater.

p. 1911 – last eruption from the main crater which creating the present taal lake. It was one of the devastating eruptions occurred in January 27 to 30, 1911.

q. 1965 – a huge explosion separated a huge part of the island, Mount Tabaro a new eruption centre.

r. 1966 – it reactivated on July 5, 1966 with another eruption from Mt Tabaro

s. 1967 – and followed similar eruption on August 16, 1967.

t. 1968 – 1st historical lava fountaining eruption

u. 1969 – another strombolian eruptions (with lava)

v. 1976 – had phreatic eruptions (explosion of steam water, ash, rock and volcanic bombs)

w. 1977 – another phreatic eruptions

x. 1991 to 2020 – it had shown signs of unrest with strong seismic activity and ground fracturing and with an alert level 1 to alert level 2 depends on the activity recorded.

y. 2020 – latest eruption that spewed ashes to Calabarzon, Metro Manila and some parts of Central Luzon and Pangasinan. Ashfalls and volcanic thunderstorms were reported and forced evacuations were made.

Taal volcano is located in the province of Batangas which consist of towns such as Talisay, San Nicolas, Tanuan, Lipa, Laurel, Agoncillo, Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, Cuenca, Balete and Mataas na Kahoy.

this picture has been published/issued by PHILVOCS.

P.S. All credit to the owners of the pictures.

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