(Text by Ana Catalina Paje)
Taal Volcano erupted for five minutes on July 1, raising the alert level from level 2 to level 3, followed by a series of lesser explosions later in the day.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported the highest sulfur dioxide release ever recorded from the volcano on July 4.
The Philippines is prone to volcanic eruptions because of its location in the "Pacific Ring of Fire".
According to PHIVOLCS, the Philippines has 23 active volcanoes.
Philippine volcanoes are among the world's deadliest: approximately 13% of historic eruptions have resulted in fatalities, most notably at Taal and Mayon, while 22% of eruptions have caused considerable damage. Because of the archipelago's severe rainfall, lahars (mudflows) exacerbate eruptions. Moreover, tsunamis occur more frequently in the Philippines than in any other volcanic region.
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