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People living around Taal Lake were surprised when they observed a plume of gas about 3km high emanating from the eponymous volcano’s crater lake earlier today, August 11.

Remote cameras from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) captured what the scientists call “degassing”, which manifested as a steam-rich plume, after a pause of 16 days. Private citizens and LGUs with cameras trained on Taal also captured the event.

According to Phivolcs, the sulphur dioxide levels about 3,849 tonnes/day when it was last measured on August 9. There were also a total of 107 volcanic earthquakes recorded over the past 24 hours.

So far, however, the alert level over Taal remains at the lowered Alert Level 3, adjusted from Alert Level 4 on July 23. Entry onto Taal Volcano Island is still strictly prohibited.

Read: Taal Volcano’s catastrophic 1911 eruption reminds us of its fearsome power (PHOTOS)

This article, Taal releases 3km-high plume after taking a break for 16 days, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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