LGUs advised to take precautions as Alert Level 2 raised over Taal

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JANUARY 24, 2020 Taal volcano emits thick smoke early in the morning while dark clouds envelopes the sky as rain forecast. EDWIN BACASMAS

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday reminded local government units (LGUs) within and oustide the Taal Volcano Island to take necessary precautions due to the volcano’s increasing volcanic activity.

“The NDRRMC is constantly monitoring the situation of Taal, and Our Regional DRRMC for Calabarozn (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal Quezon) has already reminded all LGUs around the volcano island to ensure readiness for any possibility,” said NDRRMC Deputy Spokesperson Mark Cashean Timbal in his message to the reporters.

“(These include) preparations for evacuation activities, evacuation centers, relief support, etc, (aside from) integrating Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) protection protocols,” Timbal added.

Taal exhibited a significant increase in tremors on Tuesday compared to the last two days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). It said in its latest bulletin on the volcano that “The Taal Volcano Network (TVN) recorded a total of 28 volcanic tremor episodes, four  low-frequency volcanic earthquakes, and one hybrid earthquake at shallow depths of less than one and a half kilometers beneath Taal Volcano Island or TVI in the past 24 hours.”

Phivolcs raised on Tuesday the alert level over TVI to “2” indicating “increasing unrest.”

However, the agency said evacuation is not yet recommended from the TVI.

BY KHALID MANGONDATO

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