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This is Terrifying Footage of Taal Volcano’s 1965 Eruption

The eruption caught the residents and nation off guard, exploding without warning at 2 a.m. as people were still sleeping.
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On September 28, 1965, after 54 years of silence, Taal Volcano violently erupted and killed hundreds of inhabitants on Taal Island. The eruption caught the residents and nation off guard, exploding without warning at 2 a.m. as people were still sleeping.

There were an estimated 4,000 inhabitants on the island at the time, and while majority managed to escape across Taal Lake, the plants and animals left behind were petrified under the cloud of ash.

Unlike Taal Volcano’s phreatic eruption earlier this week, the 1965 eruption was a phreatomagmatic eruption, meaning that it was caused when lake water interacted with the volcano’s underground magma, similar to what happened when Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991.

The 1965 eruption was a devastating moment in Philippine history, and the years that followed, from 1966 to 1969, also experienced annual eruptions from the small but dangerous volcano.

This documentary was dug up by a netizen, showing the catastrophic damage caused by the eruption. The host of the documentary described the eruption as a “funeral pyre” for the farming and fishing families on Taal Island.

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Since 1965, residents returned to their homes on the shores of Taal Lake, along with lavish hotels and facilities in close proximity to one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes on the archipelago.

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