Danger remains as volcanic activities increase in Taal
Marje Pelayo • January 20, 2020 • 932
MANILA, Philippines – Over a week since Taal Volcano began its eruptive activity, danger still remains according to experts.
In fact, a total of 787 earthquakes have been recorded in the volcano island on Saturday (January 18) alone, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
This frequency of ground shaking is double the number of all volcanic earthquakes recorded in the previous six days of Taal’s volcanic activity.
Over the weekend, more than 200 tremors were recorded within the range of magnitude 1.2 and 4.1, the PHIVOLCS said and on Sunday evening (January 19), the strongest shaking – magnitude 4.2 earthquake – was felt in Mabini, Batangas.
The volcano institute have also observed that Taal is producing about one-kilometer high white ash pillar and sulfur dioxide of around 1,442 tons each day.
Because of these observations, PHIVOLCS cannot just lift or downgrade Alert Level 4 that is currently in effect around the volcano island because the possibility of a massive explosive eruption remains high within hours or days.
Thus, PHIVOLCS strongly appeals for understanding and more patience from residents and reminds them not to return yet to their villages especially those within the 14-km danger zone.
MANILA, Philippines – Pinawi ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) ang pangamba hinggil sa muling pagsabog ng bulkang Taal kasunod ng magnitude 6.3 na lindol na yumanig sa Calatagan, Batangas pasado alas-7 Biyernes ng umaga.
Ayon kay PHIVOLCS director, Undersecretary Renato Solidum, maliit ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng epekto sa bulkan ang malakas na lindol bagaman patuloy pa nila itong inoobserbahan.
Binigyang-diin rin ni Solidum na sumabog na ang bulkan ngayong taon at malalim ang naramdamang lindol kaninang umaga.
“Siguro pagdating doon sa fault baka wala, kasi hindi naman ito ganoon kalaki at malalim siya masyado. Pero pagdating sa Taal Volcano, kasi katatapos lang ng kanyang eruption, oobserbahan natin kung may epekto talaga ito,” ang pahayag ni Solidum.
“Titingnan natin kung magre-react ang Taal Volcano, pero dapat nating maaalala, matandaan, na nasa alert level 1 pa lang naman siya,” dagdag pa niya.
Magugunitang noong buwan ng Enero 2020 ay itinaas sa alert level 4 ang Taal matapos itong magbuga ng abo.
Sa ngayon ay nasa alert level 1 ang bulkan na ang ibig sabihin ay bahagyang pagtaas ng volcanic activity gaya ng gas o steam emission at mga pagyanig. Ipinagbabawal din ang pagpasok sa permanent danger zone ng bulkan.
Paliwanag ng ahensiya, gumalaw ang Manila trench kaya’t naramdaman ang pagyanig sa Metro Manila.
Tiniyak din ng PHIVOLCS na walang direktang epekto ang lindol sa Batangas sa West Valley Fault.
Bukod sa Metro Manila, Batangas at Laguna, naramdaman rin ang lindol sa ilang bahagi ng Rizal at Northern Luzon.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has condemned another reckless social gathering held in a beach resort in Batangas City on Monday, December 7.
“The Department of Tourism (DOT) condemns yet another reckless social gathering organized at a tourism establishment, this time at the Blue Coral Beach Resorts Inc. in Barangay Laiya, San Juan, Batangas,” the DOT said in a statement.
The Tourism Department said the mass gathering was documented by concerned individuals.
The video showed a group partying without following healthy safety guidelines, including wearing of face masks and face shields, as well as the observance of physical distancing.
The event was immediately reported to the office of the Mayor of San Juan, and was promptly responded to by the local chief executive.
“Ang IATF po sa pangunguna po ng ating Mayor ay ipinahinto po ang party. Mayroon po kaming mga ipinadala po na mga pulis po doon sa area para po magawan ng paraan na hindi na maituloy po kung ano man po yung kanilang ginagawa,” said Amie Maulion, the Executive Assistant of the Mayor.
The local government on Tuesday imposed the necessary sanctions on the involved establishment.
“Pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 13 dated December 08, 2020, due to repeated violation of the IATF protocols and failure to comply with their Undertaking dated October 23, 2020, Business Permit of Blue Coral Beach Resort, Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas is hereby CANCELLED/REVOKED,” reads the memorandum order of San Juan Municipal Mayor and IATF Chairman Ildebrando Salud.
“The DOT lauds the local government leaders of San Juan for taking the necessary action to revoke the business permit and file the appropriate charges to the erring establishment, whose operations were first suspended from September 2 to 17, 2020 after a violation of IATF-EID health protocols,” the DOT statement reads.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat reminds all accommodation and tourism-establishments in Batangas, and in other destinations that have reopened, to follow health and safety protocols at all times.
She also warned that erring establishments will face criminal charges by the concerned local government and the department. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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