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3 more phreatomagmatic bursts recorded in Taal —PHIVOLCS

Taal Volcano generated three more phreatomagmatic bursts on Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said Tuesday.

In its report of its observation from 5 a.m. on Monday to 5. a.m. Tuesday, PHIVOLCS said the bursts were recorded at 9:30 a.m., 9:33 a.m., and 9:46 a.m. on Monday.

Eight volcanic earthquakes, including a volcanic tremor, were also monitored around Taal with durations of up to 5 minutes, PHIVOLCS said, adding the volcano also emitted a total of 4273 tons of sulfur dioxide.

PHIVOLCS also warned of possible hazards as Alert Level 3 is still raised over Taal, including sudden explosive eruption, pyroclastic density currents or base surge, volcanic tsunami, ashfall, and accumulation of lethal volcanic gas.

A total of 1,632 families or 5,878 individuals have been evacuated from their homes due to the activity of Taal, the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Tuesday.

PHIVOLCS raised Alert Level 3 over Taal on Saturday, signifying magmatic unrest, following "a short-lived phreatomagmatic burst." —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News