One sad and tragic situation happened yesterday, 12 January 2020, when Taal Volcano suddenly breaks its silence. Around past 2:00pm, we’ve noticed that the skies went dark here in Molino, Bacoor, Cavite where we are staying. I first thought that it’s just a sign of an upcoming rainfall, but few hours passed, we’ve seen the news via Facebook that Taal Volcano started phreatic eruption. Heavy ash fall experienced at the following areas:
- Metro Manila
- Nueva Ecija
- Eastern portion of Pangasinan
- Southwestern portion of Aurora
- Nueva Vizcaya
- La Union
- Ilocos Sur
- Mountain Province
- Southern portion of Apayao
- Western portion of Isabela
As every hour passes by, more ash fall were experienced, sizes vary from powder-like to sand-like to pebble-like. We tried to go outside to check and see the situation but we had to use umbrella to avoid the ash fall. We did not thought of using masks right away, and just used our shirts to cover our nose and mouth temporarily.
After a few minutes, we hurriedly went back inside the house because of the heavy ash fall that hurts our nose and eyes.
The Department of Health (DOH) right away posted some information and guidelines regarding ash fall. As learned, these contain Carbon Dioxide and Flourine which may be dangerous to one’s health when inhaled. Here are some of the effects that may be experienced:
- Irritation of eyes, nose and throat
- Coughing and difficulty in breathing
- Skin irritation
They advised to wear masks with damp towel or 3 layers of wet tissue inside, or N95 mask for protection. But I’ve found out another sad news that some merchants took advantage of the situation and tried to sell face masks twice or thrice the original price. Why can’t they be fair
This is really a shocking news as I have not heard any updates that any time soon, this volcano might erupt. If I am not mistaken, around 7 or 8pm yesterday, it was already declared as Alert #4.
Until now, 13 January 2020, there are still a lot of ash fall and those people within 14km from the Taal Volcano have evacuated.
Here are some photos took by Jerome Austria Abuan at the People’s Park in the Sky in Tagaytay:
We are all still praying that it won’t have massive eruption that may kill a lot of people and also praying for everyone’s safety.