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Taal Volcano

The black area in the center is Taal Lake

 

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Image of Taal volcano, near Manila on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

The black area in the center is Taal Lake, which nearly fills the 18-mile diameter (30-kilometer) caldera. The large island in Taal Lake, which itself contains a crater lake, is known as Volcano Island.

The image was acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on its 78th orbit on October 5, 1994. The image shows an area approximately 56 km by 112 km (34 miles by 68 miles). North is toward the upper right of the image.

Since 1572, Taal has erupted at least 34 times. Since early 1991, the volcano has been restless, with swarms of earthquakes, new steaming areas, ground fracturing, and increases in water temperature of the lake.

 
 
 



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