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Volcanic hell: The eruption of the Taal supervolcano in Philippines is the beginning of a chain reaction

Volcanic hell: The eruption of the Taal supervolcano in Philippines is the beginning of a chain reaction 1
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According to watchers.news, citing the Philippine Seismological Services (PHIVOLCS), Taal recorded 252 earthquakes in the Taal Volcano area over the past 24 hours, emitting small vapor plumes from fumaroles that rose 10 m (33 ft) in height. Also, on the surface of the lake around the new vent, there was a rise in high-temperature volcanic gases, in particular, emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) are estimated at about 500 tons per day.

Surface deformations have begun, especially in the area of ​​the January 2020 eruptions, which indicates the beginning of magmatic activity. The Philippine authorities have raised the warning level to 2 on the local scale, and urgent evacuation is recommended for residents of the areas adjacent to the volcano. The movement of tourists to the volcano is blocked.

There were early signs of the ‘awakening’, the appearance of steam emissions and smoke from local communications in the town of Los Banos, located at the foot of McEaling volcano. McLeeling is a small volcano, besides dormant, the last eruption there was in time immemorial, but in fact, McEaling is part of the Taal system, one of its ancient vents:

The main thing is that Taal is not just a volcano, but a supervolcano, and if it really fully awakens, the whole planet will feel it and that’s only the good option. 

At the end of February 2021, an eruption of three volcanoes in Guatemala took place simultaneously, noting that there we are talking about some very wide mantle process, since the volcanoes in Guatemala are very dense and stretch along the coast right up to Panama:

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On March 9, the San Cristobal volcano was activated. Geographically, it is located in Nicaragua, but the mantle and lithosphere are indifferent to the boundaries of the bugs living on top – geologically San Cristobal is part of the Guatemala volcanic system:

The process went further along the Pacific plate – on March 11, the Sangay volcano exploded in Ecuador:

Today the map of eruptions looks something like this:

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The volcanic spring has begun and what the summer will bring can be scary to even imagine. 

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