Phivolcs records two phreatomagmatic bursts in Taal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) — Two phreatomagmatic bursts were recorded from the main crater of Taal Volcano on Thursday morning, state volcanologists said.

The first event occurred at 10:39 a.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a Facebook post with a video showing Taal's main crater.

In a separate advisory, the agency said another phreatomagmatic event happened at 10:47 a.m. which lasted for more than a minute.

Volcanic plumes measuring 500 meters tall were detected during the second burst, Phivolcs noted.

Phreatomagmatic explosions result from the interaction between magma -- the molten material inside the volcano -- and water.

A report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued at 8 a.m., meanwhile, said authorities did not detect any volcanic earthquake in the last 24 hours.

It added that 4,165 residents or a total of 1,209 families have fled to evacuation centers.

Phivolcs raised the status of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3 after recording a phreatomagmatic eruption last Saturday.

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