- Taal Volcano is located near the southern part of Luzon and is known to be the second of the active volcanoes in the country
- At noon of January 12, 2020, explosions were reported within Taal Volcano and alert level was raised to Level 2, which escalated to Level 4 in the evening
- Ash fall from the eruption has been reported to have reached up north to as far as Metro Manila
Taal Lake, and in effect, Taal Volcano, has been one of the biggest tourist attractions down south of Metro Manila. The lake itself and the view sought after by tourists, but at the same time, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, or PHIVOLCS, is closely monitoring any behavior from it as it is still an active volcano.
Taal Volcano is what is called a complex volcano, which means it doesn’t have a dominant crater compared to other volcanoes like the Mayon but instead, there are different volcanic centers where lava flow can come out from. It is a common mistake as well that the Binintiang Malaki cone is the volcano, as the whole lake forms the entire volcano system.
On January 12, 2020, reports of what is called a phreatic explosion were detected from Taal Volcano. This happens when magma from a volcano heats ground or surface water, instantly turning them into steam. Smoke and ash started to rise from its crater and alert level was raised to Level 2, and people living in the immediate area were evacuated immediately.
As of 7:30 PM Manila time, the alert level around Taal Volcano has been raised and is currently at Level 4. What this means is that the volcano can possibly erupt in a matter of hours or days. Ash fall has also been reported to have reached north up to Metro Manila.
All that will be affected by ash fall are encouraged to stay indoors and if the need to go out comes, face masks are highly recommended to be worn. Classes has also been suspended for areas affected. Flights have also been suspended for the time being as ash clouds are flight hazards.