Over 3,700 residents evacuated due to Taal unrest — NDRRMC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 29) — More than 3,700 people have evacuated amid Taal Volcano's increased activity, the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed.

In an advisory, the agency said that as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 3,771 individuals, or 1,142 families, have already fled to evacuation centers.

Seventeen evacuation centers are open to serve affected families, the agency said.

A total of 11 barangays are affected by the continuing unrest of the volcano in Batangas province.

In the same report, the NDRRMC said that in the past 24 hours, authorities recorded eight volcanic earthquakes, including one volcanic tremor event with a duration of five minutes, and seven low-frequency volcanic earthquakes

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the status of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3 after recording a phreatomagmatic eruption.

READ: Taal Volcano elevated to Alert Level 3 after phreatomagmatic eruption

A phreatomagmatic eruption is an explosion that occurs when magma and water interact.

State seismologists said raising the status to Alert Level 3 means that there is “magmatic intrusion at the main ccrater that may further drive succeeding eruptions.”