Taal Volcano eruptions

A few datas on the eruptive history of the third most active volcano of the country.

Taal volcano had at least 33 recorded eruptions over the last 400 years.
Some of these eruptions came from different craters like Binintiang Malaki (1707, 1709, 1715) and Binintiang Munti (1709), while others were underwater like those off Calauit (1716) and off Pira-Piraso (1731).
Most of the eruptions, though, came from the Main Crater Lake. The most devastating were the ones in 1749 and 1911 when 1,335 people died. The eruption affected places all around Taal lake. Volcanic ashes reached even as far as Manila. During the 17th and 18th centuries all the major towns around Taal lake had to be relocated.
Check the photo below, taken just before the 1911 eruption.
Taal crater before the 1911 eruption


Mount Tabaro was the last active crater with 8 eruptions in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1976 and 1977. The 1965 eruption killed 200 people, leaving a 25-cm thick layer of ashes on the whole volcano island and some parts around Taal lake. The 1969 eruption was the last one releasing some lava and the 1977 eruption was the most recent eruption of Taal Volcano.
The photo below was taken after the 1968 eruption (Source Kurt Frederickson, Smithsonian Institution).
Tabaro crater after 1968



Taal Volcano is still a very active volcano and is constantly being monitored by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. A few alerts were raised on the last decades but the volcano went quiet again.