Taal Volcano

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Taal Volcano
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The Taal volcanic system erupted 33 times since 1572. That's an average over the past several centuries of one per decade.

The last major discharge occurred in 1965, claiming about 200 lives. Over a thousand people lost their lives during a 1911 event.

Taal has been quiet since 1977, though volcanologists and their instruments are now witnessing some early signs of resurgence.

Small and active

The small volcano in the lake (see photo) is one of the smallest active volcanoes on the earth.


Taal Volcano once towered 11,000 kilometers (18,000 feet). Over time, its sides gradually collapsed, creating a caldera 30 kilometers (18 miles) in diameter. Although the caldera's rim today is 600 meters (2,000 feet) high, it is only a small fraction as tall as the original volcanic peak.

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