At around 2 pm on Sunday, Taal Volcano erupted a “phreatic explosion” and thrown off ashes that reached approximately 100 meters into the sky.
Residents of Taal and nearby areas are brought to a safe ground as a response to the intensifying volcanic activity, said a disaster-mitigation official. Meanwhile, the municipalities of Balete, San Nicolas and Talisay in Batangas have observed precautionary evacuation.
There were also three earthquakes recorded as an effect to the eruption, according to the PHIVOLCS.
“The northern portion of the main crater rim, in the vicinity of Daang Kastila Trail, can also become hazardous when fumarolic or degassing activity along existing fissures suddenly increases,” PHIVOLCS added.
The ashfall from the eruption has affected the neighboring provinces Cavite, Laguna, and even as far as Metro Manila.
In Tagaytay City in Cavite, the local government is preparing for the evacuation of 5,000 residents from Taal in the event of a major eruption, stated Clyde Yayong, chief of the local disaster council. Five dump trucks are also held on standby for the transportation of evacuees.
Last updated 7:30 PM, January 12, 2020.
News source: ABS CBN News, Inquirer.net
Photo credit: Domcar Lagto from Nasugbu Batangas