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Sulfur dioxide monitored in Taal, PHIVOLCS’ Solidum says

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a group of clouds in the sky over a body of water: Both black and white smoke could be seen coming from Taal Volcano at 6:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Alert Level 4 is still in effect over the volcano, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent. JONATHAN ANDAL © Jonathan Andal Both black and white smoke could be seen coming from Taal Volcano at 6:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Alert Level 4 is still in effect over the volcano, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent. JONATHAN ANDAL

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is now monitoring sulfur dioxide emission from Taal Volcano following its eruption which allowed the chemical compound to escape in the atmosphere. 

Sulfur dioxide emission was recorded at 5299 tonnes/day on Monday.

"Dahil sumabog na ang [Ttaal], nandiyan ang eruption, nakaalpas na ang sulfur," Undersecretary Renato Solidum, PHIVOLCS director, said Tuesday.

Solidum said that while sulfur dioxide is above the surface, it can become harmful when mixed in the atmosphere to form ash.

"Hindi naman yon malalanghap ng tao. Ang deikado yung abo na may sulfur pero irritant lang yon sa skin. Kung hindi naman significant yung nalalanghap, walang mangyayari," he said.

Prolonged exposure, however, may result in other health concerns. "Kung patuloy malalanghap, nakakahilo iyon."

Meanwhile, a resident of Silang, Cavite said his plants have turned brown after the heavy ashfall following the eruption of Taal Volcano on Sunday.

   

Youscooper Alfred Milano said: "Parang nasunog ang mga dahon ng mga halaman dahil siguro sa acid content ng ash na galing sa Taal Volcano." — Bernadette Reyes/RSJ, GMA News

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