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Volcano erupts near Manila, spewing smoke and ash miles into the sky

ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
edited January 12 in Local and Foreign Issues

 Volcano erupts near Manila, spewing smoke and ash miles into the sky

JANUARY 12, 2020 / 8:38 AM / CBS NEWS

Philippines Volcano
Plumes of smoke and ash rise as the Taal volcano erupts Sunday, January 12, 2020, outside Manila, Philippines.AARON FAVILA / AP

Tagaytay, Philippines — A small volcano south of the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting thousands of people to flee and officials to shut Manila's international airport.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Taal Volcano in Baytangas province south of Manila blasted steam, ash and pebbles up to 6 to 9 miles into the sky in a dramatic escalation of its growing restiveness, which began last year.

The volcanology institute raised the danger level around Taal three notches on Sunday to level 4, indicating "a hazardous eruption may happen within hours or days," said Renato Solidum, who heads the volcanology institute. Level 5, the highest, means a hazardous eruption is underway and could affect a larger area.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but authorities scrambled to evacuate more than 6,000 villagers from an island in the middle of a lake, where the volcano lies, and tens of thousands more from nearby coastal towns, officials said.

"We have asked people in high-risk areas, including the volcano island, to evacuate now ahead of a possible hazardous eruption," Solidum said.

Renelyn Bautista, a 38-year-old housewife who was among thousands of residents who fled from Batangas province's Laurel town, said she hitched a ride to safety from her home with her two children, including a 4-month-old baby, after Taal erupted and the ground shook mildly.

"We hurriedly evacuated when the air turned muddy because of the ashfall and it started to smell like gunpowder," Bautista said by phone.

International and domestic flights were suspended Sunday night at Manila's international airport "due to volcanic ash in the vicinity of the airport" and nearby air routes, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.

Taal lies more than 37 miles south of Manila.

View of the Taal volcano eruption seen from Tagaytay
A view of the Taal Volcano eruption seen from Tagaytay, Philippines, on January 12, 2020 in this still image taken from social media video.JON PATRICK LAURENCE YEN VIA REUTERS

The institute reminded the public that the small island where the volcano lies is a "permanent danger zone," although fishing villages have existed there for years. It asked nearby coastal communities "to take precautionary measures and be vigilant of possible lake water disturbances related to the ongoing unrest."

Heavy to light ashfall was reported in towns and cities several miles from the volcano, and officials advised residents to stay indoors and don masks and goggles for safety. Motorists were hampered by poor visibility, which was worsened by rainy weather.

Hotels, shopping malls and restaurants line an upland road along a ridge overlooking the lake and the volcano in Tagaytay city, a key tourism area that could be affected by a major eruption.

Authorities recorded a swarm of earthquakes, some of them felt with rumbling sounds, and a slight inflation of portions of the 1,020-foot volcano ahead of Sunday's steam-driven explosion, officials said.

Classes in a wide swath of towns and cities were suspended Monday, including in Manila, to avoid health risks posed by the ashfall.

One of the world's smallest volcanoes, Taal is among two dozen active volcanoes in the Philippines, which lies along the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," a seismically active region that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

About 20 typhoons and other major storms each year also lash the Philippines, which lies between the Pacific and the South China Sea, making it one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~r/CBSNewsWorld/~3/_CbzluNf0i0/

Earthquakes, typhoons, volcano! Oh, my!

And what is:

a slight inflation of portions of the 1,020-foot volcano ahead of Sunday's steam-driven explosion, officials said.



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  • _knorr__knorr_ 2017 Person of the Year PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited January 12

    Yes sir, pede pa estap ang buga ng vulkan



    Tulog pa rin ba si Tatay Digs
    #findingdigong


  • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Philippines suspends Manila airport flights as volcano spews ash
    PUBLISHED SUN, JAN 12 20207:02 AM EST

    KEY POINTS
    • The Taal volcano generated a 1-km (0.6 mile) high ash plume accompanied by rumbling sounds and tremors earlier in the day, indicating increased unrest that could lead to a hazardous eruption in weeks.
    • Passengers have been advised to coordinate with their respective airlines for details on flight schedules.
    GP Manila volcano
    People take photos of a phreatic explosion from the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020.
    BULLIT MARQUEZ/AFP via Getty Images

    The Philippine airport authority on Sunday suspended flights at Manila’s international airport after a volcano in nearby Batangas province spewed a giant plume of ash.

    The Taal volcano generated a 1-km (0.6 mile) high ash plume accompanied by rumbling sounds and tremors earlier in the day, indicating increased unrest that could lead to a hazardous eruption in weeks.

    “Flight operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been temporarily suspended due to the volcanic ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano,” the Manila International Airport Authority tweeted.

    Passengers have been advised to coordinate with their respective airlines for details on flight schedules.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/12/philippines-suspends-manila-airport-flights-as-volcano-spews-ash.html

    Taal's response to proposed visa requirement,:  No visa, no flights!

  • joerizjoeriz Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Taal lies more than 37 miles south of Manila.
    That's not exactly nearby. Less than 15 miles, that's nearby.

    But what if, Taal volcano becomes ferociously active, spewing out lava and flaming rocks into the sky?
    What now? People snd vehicles jamming sll roads snd highways away from Taal. Do the Philippines have the capacity to evacuate thousands of people, feed them and provide shelter and medical care?
    Is the government prepared for such magnitude of disaster?

    Let,'s hope Taal volcano's activity will not go higher than it is now. May it subside, soon.


  • hsusonhsuson Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    joeriz said:
    Taal lies more than 37 miles south of Manila.
    That's not exactly nearby. Less than 15 miles, that's nearby.

    But what if, Taal volcano becomes ferociously active, spewing out lava and flaming rocks into the sky?
    What now? People snd vehicles jamming sll roads snd highways away from Taal. Do the Philippines have the capacity to evacuate thousands of people, feed them and provide shelter and medical care?
    Is the government prepared for such magnitude of disaster?

    Let,'s hope Taal volcano's activity will not go higher than it is now. May it subside, soon.


    Wag ka naman exag.

    This is not the first time Taal erupted.  


  • spookfivespookfive PEx Rookie ⭐

    Philippines warns of 'explosive eruption' after Taal Volcano spews ash near Manila



    A volcano near the capital of the Philippines erupted Sunday, forcing residents to evacuate as experts warned that another "hazardous explosive eruption" is possible.

    The Taal Volcano, about 37 miles south of Manila on the island of Luzon, erupted in the afternoon.
    Authorities ordered evacuations for three towns, according to CNN Philippines.
      The Manila International Airport Authority arrivals and departures.
      The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that the volcano  "fast escalation" in volcanic activity. Continuous eruption generated ash plumes 6 to 9 miles above the crater, spewing ashes "as far as Quezon City."
      The agency raised its alert status to indicate the possibility of a hazardous eruption with lava within hours to days.
      The state-run Philippines News Agency reported minor earthquakes.
        Ma-an de Ocampo-Ignacio was on a plane approaching Manila when she captured a photo.
        "It was fascinating to watch it," Ocampo-Ignacio said "But now we're getting to the business of finding out what the communities there need."

      • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
        edited January 13

        Hope it won't get her more than this:
        The agency raised its alert status to indicate the possibility of a hazardous eruption with lava within hours to days.
        The state-run Philippines News Agency reported minor earthquakes.



        Worse is if signals for communications are affected and no one can get a single bar! 

      • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. Registered User PEx Rookie ⭐

        Congress cuts Duterte calamity fund by P11 billion

        MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte will have less money for disasters and calamities like the El Niño drought if he signs the proposed 2019 national budget, over which the Senate and the House of Representatives are still quarreling.

        The lawmakers’ version of the President’s budget proposal shows that the national disaster risk reduction and management (NDRRM) fund, formerly the calamity fund, has been reduced by P11 billion to P20 billion.

        In his budget proposal submitted to Congress in July 2018 after his third State of the Nation Address, Duterte sought P30 billion in NDRRM funding.

        Aside from the calamity outlay, lawmakers cut the local government support fund by P7.4 billion to P32.8 billion, the miscellaneous personnel benefits fund (MPBF) by P13.4 billion to P35.6 billion and the pension and gratuity fund by P39 billion to P117 billion.

        The MPBF is one of the funding sources for the fourth annual salary increase this year of the more than one million government workers.

        With the budget program for the year still pending, the President issued Executive Order No. 76 on March 15 allowing state agencies to pay the increase using available funds in the reenacted 2018 spending law.

        Funds taken away from the three lump-sum appropriations amounted to nearly P60 billion, which senators and congressmen realigned to their pet projects.

        The Senate and the House have been swapping accusations of realigning tens of billions to their respective pork barrel, delaying the transmittal of the budget to Duterte for signing into law.

        Negotiators of the two chambers are set to meet on Monday to try to resolve their impasse.

        The House negotiating team is composed of appropriations committee chairman Rolando Andaya Jr. of Camarines Sur, Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan and Edcel Lagman of Albay.

        Their Senate counterparts are finance committee chair Loren Legarda and Sens. Panfilo Lacson and Gregorio Honasan.

        Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo told reporters yesterday that her instruction to the Andaya panel was to “end the impasse as soon as possible.” 

        “I did not micromanage the putting together of the budget. I don’t want to micromanage also their negotiations because the ones who did the budget know what they did and know what their flexibilities are,” she said.

        Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III were insisting that the realignments the House made after the two chambers ratified the bicameral conference committee (bicam) report last Feb. 8 were illegal and unconstitutional. Congressmen have denied the allegation.

        Andaya said what they did was to “itemize” or support with a listing of projects at least P99 billion in lump sums he and Legarda had agreed on in February before the bicam report was adopted.

        Despite the contradictory positions of the Senate and the House, Lagman said he hoped the negotiators could agree on a compromise.

        Long overdue

        Meanwhile, teachers’ organizations have welcomed President Duterte’s issuance of a directive that allowed agencies to use available funds in the reenacted budget to provide for the final tranche of salary increase of government employees.

        Raymond Basilio, secretary-general of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), said the Department of Budget and Management should now ensure the release of the adjusted salaries of government employees by next month.

        “This is long overdue,” he told The STAR. “Though we welcome this, we also call on the government to immediately settle the cases of unpaid salaries and benefits resulting from the non-passage of the 2019 national budget.”

        The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) also acknowledged Duterte’s move and reminded him of his promise to grant the requested salary increase for teachers.  –  With Janvic Mateo, Paolo Romero

        “The fourth tranche for the teachers’ entry-level position would only amount to P575,” said TDC.

        “What we want is a legislated salary increase of at least P10,000 across-the-board. That is both to recognize the need for economic augmentation and a proper appraisal of the teaching profession,” it added.

        Approved by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2016, the fourth tranche of salary standardization for government employees was not released last January due to non-passage of the 2019 budget.

        Duterte’s EO 76 amended Aquino’s order, to allow the use of available funds in the reenacted budget to be used for the salary increase.

        The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier said they would need P20 billion this year to cover the salary increase of 800,000 personnel, mostly public school teachers.

        Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday said public school teachers were bound to suffer due to the budget deadlock.

        “The DepEd is the largest agency in the government. We suffer the most. We have the most number of new employees, we have projects which we cannot initiate, we have accountabilities which we cannot settle,” she said.

        “It would be appropriate if we shift our attention to those who suffer the consequences of this prolonged debate,” she added.

        DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla said their division offices were able to work around limited budget to provide salaries to some 100,000 newly hired teachers whose wages are lodged in the 2019 budget.

        However, she said they might face problems if no new budget is approved by April.

        “As of end of March, we are OK. The problem is by April. If this will continue, then a lot of payments that we set aside will be due and demandable,” she said in Filipino.

        “We cannot have those adjustments by April,” she added, referring to funding sources they used to provide salaries to new teachers.

        Based on their assessment, only 74 newly hired teachers did not receive their salaries between January and March as their schools are not under any division office.

        In most cases, budget for salaries was taken from funds allocated to division offices, said Sevilla.

        “We are working with the DBM to find out where these teachers are so we can request for the additional funding out of the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund,” she said.

        “It is not a big problem for now as of March, but if this will continue and the budget is not passed, we have to coordinate with DBM,” she added. –

      • _knorr__knorr_ 2017 Person of the Year PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

        Weeeeee, aearial inpection daw?

        Ano kaya nakita nila, muta sa sobrang taas ng eroplano. Hilig talaga sa fake news ang mga [email protected]  Pinagdikit lang yong pics.



      • _knorr__knorr_ 2017 Person of the Year PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

        Congress cuts Duterte calamity fund by P11 billion





      • hsusonhsuson Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
        _knorr_ said:

        Weeeeee, aearial inpection daw?

        Ano kaya nakita nila, muta sa sobrang taas ng eroplano. Hilig talaga sa fake news ang mga [email protected]  Pinagdikit lang yong pics.



        ....meanwhile enjoying his Gulfstream jet while cutting the people's calamity budget >:(
      • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
        edited January 13

        Philippines on alert as volcano spews ash, lava

        Ron Lopez with Mikhail Flores in Manila
        AFPJanuary 13, 2020
        Geologists said the volcano remained active spurting red-hot lava some into the air as accompanying earthquakes rattled the area

        Geologists said the volcano remained active, spurting red-hot lava some into the air as accompanying earthquakes rattled the area (AFP Photo/Ted ALJIBE) and
        Ron Lopez with Mikhail Flores in Manila
        AFPJanuary 13, 2020
        Geologists said the volcano remained active, spurting red-hot lava some into the air as accompanying earthquakes rattled the area (AFP Photo/Ted ALJIBE)

        Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from a volcano south of the Philippine capital on Monday, grounding hundreds of flights as authorities warned of a possible "explosive eruption".

        Fine grit weighed down trees and turned roads into muddy messes across the region surrounding the Taal volcano, which burst to life Sunday and has forced over 20,000 people to seek refuge in evacuation centres, a provincial governor said.

        Geologists said the volcano remained active, spurting red-hot lava some 500 metres (1,600 feet) into the air from new cracks that have opened in its northern flank, as accompanying earthquakes rattled the area.

        "We are really scared of what might happen to us... that our house might collapse in a strong earthquake and that we'll all be killed by falling debris," said Bienvenido Musa, aged 56.

        "Who wouldn't be scared? That's why I decided to send my family to an evacuation centre."

        Taal is a tourist ß that sits in a picturesque lake, yet is also one of the most active volcanoes in a nation where earthquakes and eruptions are a frightening and destructive part of life.

        The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide deep below the Earth's surface.

        Schools in the region around Taal, some government offices in Manila and the Philippine Stock Exchange were closed as authorities issued warnings against breathing the ash.

        Stores quickly sold out of dust masks, which health officials said could help protect against potentially harmful effects of the powder-like soot.

        "I'll just stay at home and tie a handkerchief around my face. I think that's OK," Manila resident Menchie Claveria said, after attempting to buy a mask.

        Limited flight operations resumed mid-Monday at Manila's main international airport, nearly a day after authorities halted them due to the safety risk volcanic ash poses to planes.

        However, travellers booked on over 240 cancelled flights still faced delays at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

        "I'm disappointed because this (delay) means additional expense for me and it's tiring to wait," said stranded traveller Joan Diocaras, a 28-year-old Filipino who works in Taiwan.

        "But there's nothing we can do."

        - Alert level raised -

        The eruption began with an explosion of superheated steam and rock, but by early Monday "fountains" of lava had been spotted on Taal, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

        Stunning lightning shows have periodically played out above the volcano in a little-understood phenomenon that has been attributed to static electricity.

        Authorities raised the volcano alert level to its second-highest on Sunday, saying an "explosive eruption" could happen in "hours to days".

        Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum told AFP the lava was evidence of fresh movement in the volcano, but said it was unclear if Taal would "sustain its activity".

        Apart from the ash, some particles up to 6.4 centimetres (2.5 inches) in diameter, larger than a golf ball, had reportedly fallen in areas around the lake, Phivolcs said.

        Taal's last eruption was in 1977, Solidum said.

        Two years ago, Mount Mayon displaced tens of thousands of people after spewing millions of tonnes of ash, rocks and lava in the central Bicol region.

        The most powerful explosion in recent years was the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, about 100 kilometres northwest of Manila, which killed more than 800 people.

        https://news.yahoo.com/philippines-alert-volcano-spews-ash-lava-025035592.html

        Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum told AFP the lava was evidence of fresh movement in the volcano, but said it was unclear if Taal would "sustain its activity".

        What is unclear is if the government can sustain these series of disasters if more occur in 2020?

      • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. Registered User PEx Rookie ⭐

        Fit enough to visit affected areas? Duterte says he'll 'eat ashfall, pee on Taal Volcano'


        In his first public appearance since the Taal Volcano started erupting, Duterte says his doctor warned him to be careful of volcanic ashfall in the communities he plans to visit

        MANILA, Philippines – Despite warnings from his doctor about the potential hazard of volcanic ashfall, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would visit communities affected by the Taal Volcano eruption on Tuesday, January 14.

        Duterte, in his first public appearance since the Taal Volcano started erupting on Sunday, January 12, was asked if he was fit enough to visit areas affected by ashfall.

        "Kainin ko pa 'yang ashfall na 'yan, pati 'yang Taal ihian ko 'yan, bwisit na 'yan (I’ll eat that ashfall, even Taal, I’ll pee on it, goddamn it)," Duterte said on Monday, January 13.

        Gesturing to the inhaler strung around his neck, he said, "I've been warned by my doctor to be careful because this device cannot control the ashes. After many years of smoking, my lungs are affected."

        Duterte said this much to reporters after the awarding of the Order of Lapu-Lapu to soldiers who served in Marawi on Monday, January 13. During the ambush interview, he said he would visit people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption on Tuesday.

        Because of health problems, Duterte has had to skip several official engagements and has been out of the public eye for several weeklong periods. The President has admitted to a slew of ailments, including previous spinal issues caused by past motorcycle accidents.

        The Taal Volcano in Batangas remained under Alert Level 4 on Monday, as it spewed lava fountains amid the threat of a hazardous eruption.

        To date, at least 24,508 people have fled their homes in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite, with evacuees scattered in at least 75 evacuation centers.




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      • NukesoulNukesoul Member PExer
        Just hope that the situation doesn't get any worse than this. Ingat po sa lahat...
      • _knorr__knorr_ 2017 Person of the Year PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

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      • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
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        Filipinos caring and helping each other in this disaster when the government can not!
      • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
        edited January 14

        Philippines residents have been warned of a possible 'volcanic tsunami' after a major volcano spewed lava and launched ash into the sky

                On Sunday, the alert level for the estimated 450,000 people residing within a 14-kilometer (8.6 mile) radius near the volcano was raised to a level four (out of five) and remained in effect on Monday morning. 

        The monitoring agency warned on Monday morning that this alert meant that a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days."

        The agency also warned that those residing in the area of the volcano were at risk of "volcano tsunamis," which are often caused by tectonic movement from volcanic activity.

        "Areas in the general north of Taal volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall," the agency said. 

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