Philippine officials said Saturday they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. One person also died following a vehicle crash due to zero-visibility conditions on the road. An eruption in 1911 claimed more than 1,000 lives, and authorities have warned of a possible "explosive eruption" to come. The area next to the small volcano is a tourist attraction, bringing thousands to the area.
You will even see Taal's volcanic emissions from area.
The huge column of ash, which was struck by lightning on Sunday evening, also caused all flights in and out of Manila's global airport to be suspended.More news: Twitter CEO seeks suggestion from Elon Musk, Tesla founder replies
Foreign countries have begun sending aid to communities affected by the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano, which remains below Alert Level 4 with a potentially deadly and destructive "threatening" eruption starting Friday, January 17.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the number of families affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas rose to 17,555, which is equivalent to 77,438 persons. Seismologists have predicted a major eruption. The efforts have led to the evacuation of nearby towns and villages, which "saved more than 5,000 lives and $ 250 million in properties", said VDAP. Visitors and residents alike were caught off guard this week when Taal spat enormous clouds of ash into the air.
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The Philippines lies along the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a string of faults around the ocean basin where numerous world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
Several buildings close to Taal volcano were destroyed as heavy ash crushed makeshift roofs and knocked-over trees.
Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes with many unsure whether they still have homes to return to. "The sad part is, we may never be allowed back here after this".More news: Watford's FA Cup replay at Tranmere under threat from Storm Brendan
"The disaster of our neighbors in Batangas is there". Let's hope the volcano settles down ahead of it turns into every other Mount Pinatubo.