Taal Volcano is one of the most iconic and active volcanoes in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, it is famous for its crater lake and cone-shaped appearance. The volcano is classified as a complex volcano, meaning it is composed of multiple volcanic vents and craters. Taal Volcano has had several eruptions throughout history, with the most recent major eruption occurring in January 2020.

Location: Luzon, Philippines
Coordinates: 14.009185, 120.997003
Volcano Type: Complex


Taal’s Location


Taal’s Latest Status

2024: Alert Level 1 – Low Level Unrest


Taal’s Eruptive History

1965 A relatively large phreatomagmatic eruption occurred. The eruption generated multiple base surges across Lake Taal and plumes rising to over 20km high. Over one hundred people were killed in this eruption.
1969 A number of smaller eruptions ejecting incandescent material and producing small ash plumes.
1976 Ongoing strong and frequent eruptions.
1977 A series of phreatic eruptions producing steam and ash plumes.
2020 Tall awakens! Large eruption on January 12. PHIVOLCS has escalated from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 4. Impressive volcanic lightning. There is also a risk of a possible volcanic tsunami.
2021 Small phreatomagmatic eruption.
2022 More phreatomagmatic eruptions producing plumes to 1km.
2023 Unrest at Taal continues. Upwelling of crater lake generating small steam plumes.
2024 SO2 is at its highest level recorded in 2024. Seismicity remains at baseline levels. A phreatic or steam-driven eruption at the Taal Main Crater occurred on April 12.


Taal Monitoring

Please refer to PHIVOLCS for all of the Philippines Volcano Monitoring.


Taal Images