One of the
22 26 active volcanoes in the Philippines, Taal Volcano was showing signs of volcanic activity last month and alert was raised to level 2 in early June. Tourists and members of the media were banned from this picturesque island in a crater lake about 65 kilometers south of Manila as scientists predicted an eruption was highly possible. 12 towns and cities near Taal Volcano were placed under impending state of calamity due to the volcano's restiveness and residents voluntarily evacuated. As of last week, the number of volcanic quakes has been decreasing, residents have returned to their homes and volcanologists may lower alert level status soon. I hope Taal Volcano is just having some hiccups and would be quiet again soon.
Volcano Island is called "pulo" by locals and it contains a lake about 2 km across, called Crater Lake. Within Crater Lake is another small volcanic island called Vulcan Point. Vulcan Point is often referred to as the world's largest volcanic island within a lake on an island within a lake on an island, namely, Vulcan Point within Crater Lake, on Taal Island within Lake Taal, on the island of Luzon.
view of Lake Taal and Taal Island from the Tagaytay Ridge
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