Taal Volcano’s eruption, Sunday afternoon, has quickly led to ashfall in its surrounding cities. Taal’s last eruption was in 1977.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has increased the alert level from level 3 to 4 (hazardous eruption imminent) meaning Danger Zone may be extended up to 9 kilometres or more from the active crater.
Evacuations on towns in Batangas are on going. The ashfall is also being experienced in Laguna, Cavite, and has also reached parts of Metro Manila.
Classes in these cities were also cancelled. All flights to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport remains on hold. Most local roads and highways are covered with mud and ash making it slippery with poor visibility.
Inhalation of Volcanic ash/smoke can lead to several health effects such as, respiratory problems, eye problems, and skin irritation. Residents are advised to stay indoors, wear face masks – if it’s a medical mask, it should be blue side in and white side out, and wear eye protection.