Taal Volcano

September 16, 2010

Taal Volcano is a complex volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is settled between the towns of Talisay, San Nicolas in Batangas. The latter province towns along the shores of Taal Lake include Tanauan, Talisay, Laurel, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, Cuenca, Lipa, Balete & Mataas na Kahoy. The extinct crater on Volcano Island is also visible along high property value Tagaytay Ridge for visitors coming from Manila or enroute the Batangas coast & ports to the South. It consists of an island in Lake Taal, which is situated within a caldera formed by an earlier, very powerful eruption.

The volcano has burst out violently several times, causing loss of life in the populated areas surrounding the lake, the current death toll standing at about 5,000 to 6,000. Because of its proximity to populated areas & eruptive history, the volcano has been assigned a Decade Volcano worthy of close study to keep future natural disasters. It was thought to be named as “a volcano inside a volcano” because many believed that the lake that circles the volcano was once a crater or mouth of a volcano. It is located about 50 km/31 miles from the capital, Manila. It is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, all part of the Pacific ring of fire.

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