Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Aerial of Taal volcano as ash clean-up continues

Aerial of Taal volcano as ash clean-up continues

A total of 666 volcanic earthquakes has been plotted at Taal Volcano since its eruption last Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Saturday.

The volcano has been on Alert Level 4 for a week now, meaning a "hazardous eruption" may happen anytime.

Almost 800 volcanic earthquakes were recorded overnight within the danger zone, indicating "intense seismic activity (that) likely signifies continuous magmatic intrusion beneath", the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in an advisory.

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"What we see on the surface is different from what is happening underneath", Solidum told a press conference. Solidum said assessing whether the volcano's restiveness has eased may take up to two weeks. Police have allowed batches of residents to check their homes for a few hours during the day in some high-risk villages.

The Taal volcano, surrounded by way of the waters of the Taal Lake in the province of Batangas, simply 40 miles from Manila, is a well-known vacationer vacation spot. They fear that the ongoing volcanic activity happening in the surrounding areas could mean that Taal is preparing for a more powerful eruption. "They should help them restart (their lives) again", Oco said.

Several buildings in lake towns near the Taal volcano, located about 70km (45 miles) south of the capital, were destroyed as rugged terraces weighed unusual and fallen trees, and tens of thousands of people fled their homes. At least 373 evacuation sites were crammed with the displaced and needed more face masks, portable toilets, bottled water and sleeping mats, according to a provincial disaster-response office. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear. It is a popular tourist destination renowned for its stunning view of the volcano's crater lake and lush hills teeming with trees and birds. The volcanoes of the Philippines have been ranked by authorities as the most deadly and costly in the world: About 13 percent of its historic eruptions have caused fatalities, most notably at Taal in Batangas and Mayon in Albay, and 22 percent of its eruptions have caused significant damage. The Philippines lies on the "Ring of Fire", a belt of volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean that is also prone to earthquakes.

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