In news- A tiny volcano in the Philippines exploded leaving steam and ash into the sky.
About the volcano-
- Taal Volcano is a large caldera filled by Taal Lake in the Philippines.
- It is part of a chain of volcanoes lining the western edge of the island of Luzon.
- They were formed by the subduction of the Eurasian Plate underneath the Philippine Mobile Belt.
- It is located in the province of Batangas and is one of the most active volcanoes in the country.
- Because of its proximity to populated areas and its eruptive history, the volcano was designated a Decade Volcano, and is one of the 16 Decade Volcanoes.
- It was known as Bombou or Bombon in the 1800s.
- It is one of the world’s smallest volcanoes.
- All volcanoes in the Philippines are part of the Ring of Fire.
- The volcano and the Taa-lan River (now known as Pansipit River) are named after the Taa-lan tree, which grows along the river.
- Since the formation of the caldera, subsequent eruptions have created a volcanic island within the caldera, known as Volcano Island.
- The Main Crater Lake on Volcano Island is the largest lake on an island in the world.
- Taal erupted in January, 2020, displacing thousands of people and sending clouds of ash to Manila, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) to the north.