Fri. Feb 14th, 2020

Taal volcano casts out more ashes, remains at alert level 4

On Tuesday, the Taal volcano in the Philippines cast out more ashes. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported the area remained at risk of a hazardous eruption and had been under alert level 4 for 24 hours.

According to Eagle News, Phivolcs stated on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. local time, “For the past 24 hours, Taal Volcano’s activity has been characterized by continuous eruption of the main crater due to magmatic and hydrovolcanic activity.” The statement continued, “This ongoing eruption generated 500-meter-tall lava fountains topped by dark gray steam-laden plumes reaching approximately two kilometers [one and a quarter miles] tall that dispersed ash to the southwest and west of the main crater.” Phivolcs added that there is still “continuous magmatic and hydrovolcanic activity.”

The Taal volcano is one of the world’s lowest and deadliest volcanoes. It is one of 24 active volcanoes in the Philippines, as listed by Phivolcs. It is located in Batangas province, 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) south of the Philippines’s capital city, Manila. Its ongoing eruptions began on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. local time.

A total of 335 recorded volcanic earthquakes since Sunday, January 12, was felt in Taal area, according to Rappler. On Tuesday, there are 49 volcanic earthquakes in the same place have recorded, 7 had estimated intensity II to IV.

On Monday, evacuees from Batangas province rose to over 24,000 people. The province was declared in state of calamity and schools were suspended in some of its areas for Tuesday, according to Rappler.

On Monday, the Philippines’ social welfare department prepared relief assistance such as family food packs, hygiene kits, sleeping kits and other equipment. Manila also sent three ambulances, at least two firetrucks, one mobile hospital, water purifiers and experts to operate them. Ashfall also escalated in Central Luzon.

The city’s health professionals have advised using N95 masks to avoid dust inhalation. The Chinese embassy in Manila donated N95 face masks to residents of the capital, which has seen considerable ashfall from this phreatic eruption, according to the Inquirer. Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said senior citizens and students are to be given priority for these face masks.