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Town Near Taal Volcano’s Crater Lake Turns Into “Desert”

TAAL – The town near Taal volcano’s crater lake has turned into a “desert” after ashfall showered the whole site.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported that the Taal Volcano erupted and discharged ash, small rocks, and steam on Sunday, January 12, 2020. The second most active volcano in the country is expected to last within a few days.

The residents and tourist in Cavite, Batangas and Tagaytay were ordered to leave because the eruption will surely be followed by a swarm of earthquakes. The Agency raised the danger in Batangas to level 4 after ashfall showered southwest of the island.

Photo Source: Inquirer

In a previous article, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) evacuated 6,000 residents from the danger zone. The agency said the eruption could cause a tsunami.

The head of PHIVOLCS, Renato Solidum, said “Taal is a very small volcano but a dangerous volcano.” He also stated that it was one of a kind because it was volcano within a volcano.

Photo Source: GMA Network

A few hours ago, Manila Bulletin shared few photos of Agoncillo town on their Facebook Page. It is one of the towns near Taal volcano’s crater lake.

Based on the caption, they said the said town has turned into a “desert” after it was covered with gray ashes. It can also be seen in the photos that the coconut trees were almost flattened.

Here are the photos:

Taal town desert 1
Photo Source: @manilabulletin FB
Photo Source: @manilabulletin FB
Photo Source: @manilabulletin FB

Lots of netizens were left heartbroken after seeing the photos of Agoncillo town. Here are some of their comments on the post:

@wendolyn Canoy: “Someone please save the dog.  If it’s already a ghost town, I hope the one who took this photo took action on saving pets he saw around.”

@Erlinda Santos: “Looks like Death Valley, Lord please help them”

@Don Evelyn Macandili: “Land of the Living Oh Lord Bless Us Anew”

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