Additional bursts from Taal Volcano logged

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — Taal Volcano in Batangas continues its phreatomagmatic activity as state volcanologists recorded five more brief eruptions in the past 24 hours.

There were four short bursts on Thursday, of which three occurred in the evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in its bulletin. The fifth and the latest one - when plumes from the main crater rose 200 meters high - was logged at 2:59 a.m. Friday, the institute added.

This was the third straight day Phivolcs has reported this type of explosion in Taal, which is caused by the interaction of water and magma at the crater.

Meanwhile, there were also 58 volcanic earthquakes, including five explosion-type ones and high levels of volcanic sulfur dioxide emission averaging 6,095 tons per day in the last 24 hours, Phivolcs said.

Taal remains under Alert Level 3 of the five-step warning system. The status means the "magma extruding from the Main Crater could drive explosive eruption," Phivolcs explained.