Phivolcs Releases Update About Taal Volcano That Has Been Placed Under Alert Level 3
The state volcanology bureau Phivolcs has placed Taal Volcano under alert Level 3 following an eruption and thousands of residents fled their homes.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has placed Taal Volcano under Alert Level 3 following an eruption on Thursday (July 1, 2021). The eruption emits ash plumes reaching about a kilometer high.
Taal generates four more phreatomagmatic eruptions wherein the bursts events lasted two minutes each, which rose 200 meters above the main crater. Alert Level 3 indicates that the volcano is showing magmatic unrest.
The agency also advised the residents near the volcano particularly those were living along the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel towns to evacuate due to possible lakewater disturbances and volcanic hazards.
“Sa aming pagbabantay, tinitignan namin kung titindi pa ang pamamaga niya. Hindi ganon ang ano, ang nakikita natin. Steady lang. So may kaonting pressure na naipon at ‘yun ang pag buga,” said.
Laurel town, Batangas Mayor Joan Amo said that over 4,000 residents have evacuated after Taal Volcano spewed a kilometer-high phreatomagmatic plume. She advised the residents to use N95 masks instead of regular face masks.
The mayor said that the ash plumes may cause colds and cough among residents. She also expressed her concern about the safety of the evacuees knowing that physical distancing could not be observed at the evacuation centers.
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