Thousands displaced in the Philippines by the eruption of the Taal volcano. The evacuees number about 1,300 people, but the figure could reach 14,495.
The National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management of the Philippines has reported that thousands of people have been evacuated by the eruption of the Taal volcano , the second most active in the country.
According to the Philippine portal GMA News, 1,282 people are in evacuation centers, although the council has warned that the figure could increase to 14,495 people , that is, more than 3,500 families , due to the risk of volcano activity. However, the spokesman for the council, Mark Timblal, has estimated at 2,784 the residents of 13 villages around Taal, in the province of Batangas, who have evacuated their homes.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Thursday raised the alert level for the Taal volcano to three, after it has expelled a kilometer-long column of steam and magma. “This means that there is magmatic intrusion in the main crater that can lead to successive eruptions “, explained Phivolcs in a bulletin, in which he detailed that the elevation of the alert level means that a “dangerous” eruption “is possible in days or weeks. ”
The activity of the Taal volcano in the Philippines forces the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
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More than 24,000 evacuated by the Taal volcano in the Philippines
Alert level three remains this Friday, while evacuations continue and the Police have been deployed in the area. The elevation of the Taal volcano alert comes days after Phivolcs reported that sulfur dioxide emitted by the volcano has reached Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces.
Taal has been under alert two since March of this year, when it showed a “growing” activity after an eruption in January 2020, has recalled the newspaper ‘Philippine Star’, after decades inactive. The eruption caused the evacuation of thousands of people living on the island where the volcano is located and high-risk areas and the destruction of homes and establishments in Batangas.