Searching For Loved Ones Under Tons of Ash After Taal Eruption in the Philippines


Back in January 2020, Taal volcano erupted in the Philippines, burying homes, streets, animals and people into huge quantity of ash.

Officials have now reduced the alert level. And residents have briefly returned to look for missing, and evluate the consequences of the disaster.

Taal volcano erupted on January 12, 2020… It’s first time in 43 years!

The violent phreatic eruption ejected a huge plume of ash and gas up to 10 to 15 kilometres (6.2 to 9.3 mi) that rained large amounts of wet ashfall as far as Metro Manila, Pampanga and Quezon City.

Frequent volcanic lightning was also reported in the tephra column.

The impressive eruption of Tall volcano affected a total of more than 96,000 people in seven municipalities and cities across Batangas and Cavite.

Hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate within a radius of 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from the volcano.

The PHIVOLCS subsequently issued an Alert Level 4, indicating “that a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. The Alert Level was downgraded to 3 on January 26, 2020 and to 2 on February 14.

This is when some residents decided return to their villages around the Taal volcano to look for missing loved ones and inspect the damage.

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