The eruption of the Taal volcano in the Philippines, which this morning began to spit lava, has forced the evacuation of 7,742 people in the surrounding municipalities, while the ash reaches Manila, about 60 kilometers.
The displaced are refugees in 38 evacuation centers authorized by the authorities in the most affected municipalities – San Nicolas, Balete, Talisay, Lipa (in the province of Batangas) and in Tagaytay (Cavite) – reported the National Council for Risk Reduction Disasters (NDRRMC).
The Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Philippines (Phivolcs) raised the level 1 to 4 alert on a step-by-step basis on Sunday, after activity intensified throughout the day at the crater of water table and a column of smoke one kilometer high will be generated.
The alert level 4 implies that the expulsion of lava and that the dangerous eruption is imminent and that there is a risk of volcanic tsunami, since the Taal – one of the smallest volcanoes in the world – is located inside a lake.
In addition, in the last 24 hours, up to 75 earthquakes of volcanic origin have been recorded, 32 of them perceptible with strong intensity, including one of magnitude 3.8 during the early morning.
The Ninoy Aquino airports in Manila and Clark – about 90 kilometers north of the capital – remain closed due to lack of visibility and 109 international and 87 domestic flights have been canceled.
Classes and work have also been suspended in government centers in Manila and the Calabarzon region, where the provinces of Batangas and Cavite are located, the most affected by the eruption.
In the areas surrounding the volcano, since yesterday everything is covered with a thick layer of ash and toxic smoke, so the Department of Health recommended not to be outdoors or wear masks and glasses if you do.
They also advised against driving, as visibility is limited and the ground is slippery because of the ash.
Philippine Red Cross teams have moved to the area to assist in evacuation efforts and the Philippine Armed Forces are on alert, in addition to sending five trucks to displace evacuees.
The volcano, which has erupted 33 times since 1572, killed some 1,300 people in an eruption in 1911 and 200 in 1965.
The Taal is an island within the lake of the same name, located within a caldera formed by a previous eruption and is part of a volcanic chain that extends through the western region of the island of Luzon.