Evacuees at Taal fear Alert Level 5


Before dawn on Tuesday, some residents in Tagaytay City in Cavite hurriedly packed their belongings to evacuate after reading on social media that Alert Level 5 was raised over Taal Volcano.

Nonetheless, according to a report by Jonathan Andal on GMA News ‘ Unang Balita on Tuesday, the said level of warning was pronounced as not valid by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) denied online rumors that an Alert Level 5 had been raised over the Taal Volcano, indicating a hazardous eruption was in progress.

PHIVOLCS explained that Taal Volcano, which experienced a phreatic or steam-driven eruption on Sunday afternoon, was still below Alert Level 4, suggesting that there was imminent “hazardous explosive eruption”

Also on its northern flank and within the main crater, which spewed out 500-meter high lava fountains and steam feathers respectively, new vents have formed. They also observed flashes of volcanic lightning on Tuesday morning.

According to PHIVOLCS heavy ashfall had been experienced in Lemery, Talisay, Taal, and Cuenca, Batangas

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