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Message Subject Another eruption! TAAL in Philippines is erupting now.
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Phivolcs: Taal’s main crater drained of water, as new fissures found

MANILA—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday afternoon said satellite images of Taal Volcano showed that the crater lake has been drained of water.

New vent craters were also seen inside the northern part of the main crater.

“We received satellite images from our partner organization USGS (United States Geological Survey) showing the water vaporized, it disappeared from the main crater lake,” said Mariton Bornas, chief of Phivolcs' volcano monitoring and eruption prediction division.

“The new configuration now at the main crater is that there are separate vents where fumes and ash are released.”

Bornas said the drying up of the main crater lake is considered normal during heightened volcanic activity since fissures also appear on the volcanic island.

Asked if the new fissures are a sign that an explosive eruption is about to happen, Bornas said: “The potential for an explosive eruption, based on our parameters, (we look at) mainly the earthquake activity.”

“It has not stopped. The earthquakes keep on coming. And they are considerable in magnitude for a volcanic earthquake so (it means that) magma is still rising,” she added.

Bornas said her group is also waiting for the new sulfur dioxide measurements to see if it has spiked, which would mean that magma is coming up to the surface.

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