The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has recently raised Taal Volcano on Alert Level 4. Evacuations are now underway for three towns in Batangas. Phivolcs recorded increased volcanic activity around 2pm today, resulting in an ash column of approximately one kilometer. Photo courtesy of Bike Scouts Community
“Magma is intruding from below. If eventually, this will continue to move up, then there can be a magmatic eruption which is more dangerous. The volcano is inside a bigger crater or basin or bowl, which is why people would have to evacuate horizontally and away from the crater. There is water that would be hindering the rapid evacuation and that is why people need to get out of the island as soon as possible,” states Renato Soldium, Officer in Charge of Phivolcs, in an article by CNN Philippines.
Residents on the island, alongside high-risk barangays, are advised to evacuate due to the possible ‘hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami’.
In a health advisory released by the Department of Health, reveals the health effects of an ‘ash fall’. According to the post, exposure to ash fall can cause several health problems and may cause complications to persons with bronchitis, emphysema, and/or asthma.
Update – Taal Volcano Raised To Alert Level 4 – Eruption Imminent. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised Taal Volcano from Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) to Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent). Phivolcs released a Taal Volcano Bulletin, as of 7:30pm. The bulletin can be read below: