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Taal eruptions still possible over several years or months — Phivolcs

Taal eruptions still possible over several years or months — Phivolcs

Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) said Taal Volcano could erupt several times over a span of months or years after spewing ashes that covered some parts of Luzon including Metro Manila.

Taal Volcano’s eruption back in 1754 lasted for 7 months where weak activity and strong explosions occurred, Phivolcs volcano monitoring division chief Ma. Antonia Bornas said. In addition, another eruption of Taal lasted from 1965 to 1966. In 1911 eruption only took 3 days, she added.

Photo Credit: Dante Pamintuan | CNN Philippines

In fact, the shorter eruption killed some 1,300 people, according to the agency. “We need to prepare for these scenarios. We could repeatedly experience the volcano’s eruption now that it has started. It could take several months or years, we can’t tell for now,” she says.

 

Meanwhile, at least 8,000 residents in Batangas have been taken to safer ground according to Lito Castro, head of the province’s disaster office. Earlier, Phivolcs has raised its alert level from 3 to 4 over Taal eruption. This only means “hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.”

Photo Credit: Miguel De Guzman | The STAR

It is also advisable to keep updated about the happenings regarding the Taal incident.

Keep safe, people!

 

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