Today, January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano has become the center of news in TV and social media as PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) raised its alert level from 2 to 4 in just couple of hours. This means a MAJOR volcanic eruption is imminent.
The said volcanic eruption activity has caused huge disturbance and multiple risk in Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite. Reports said that some of the areas from nearby provinces are already experiencing zero visibility and numerous earthquakes.
The last major eruption of the Taal Volcano occurred in 1977.
Class Suspensions and Flight On Hold
According to CNN Philippines, ashfall has reported in Metro Manila, which is located about 101 km 963 miles) north of Taal volcano. Moreover, “due to the eruption, all flights, both arrival and departures, at Ninoy Aquino International Airport are now on hold. Passengers are advised to coordinate with their respective airlines for flight updates,” Accu Weather said.
Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla announced that classes in all levels within the province will be canceled on Monday, Jan. 13. due to heavy ashfall. Meanwhile, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has also ordered class suspension in all levels of public and private schools on Monday.
Taal Volcano scares like Mount Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption
Back in June 1991, Mount Pinatubo exploded, and considered as second-largest volcanic eruption on Earth in this century. The said phenomenon dramatically changed the face of central Luzon and nearby provinces. According to U.S. Geological Survey, “the eruption produced high-speed avalanches of hot ash and gas, giant mudflows, and a cloud of volcanic ash hundreds of miles across. The impacts of the eruption continue to this day.”
After almost three decades, it seems like that the scare and panic we are experiencing resembles the nightmare we had years ago.
Stay safe, Kababayans!