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Church in Batangas appeals of face masks as Taal volcano emits harmful gas

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 13/08/2022 Franco Jose C. BaroƱa
The Taal Volcano in Batangas erupts on March 26, 2022. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised Alert Level 3 and recommended the immediate evacuation of residents in the areas within the Taal Volcano Island. THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO © Provided by The Manila Times The Taal Volcano in Batangas erupts on March 26, 2022. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised Alert Level 3 and recommended the immediate evacuation of residents in the areas within the Taal Volcano Island. THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO

THE Catholic Church in Batangas has again appealed for N-95 masks after Taal Volcano showed increased emission of the harmful sulfur dioxide.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a high volcanic sulfur dioxide emission reaching 13,572 tons was observed over the volcano on Thursday.

This has caused "significant volcanic smog" or vog over the Taal Caldera, and the volcanic gas is expected to drift east to north-northeast of the volcano island.

Phivolcs has warned that exposure to vog may irritate eyes, throat, and respiratory tract.

The Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Center (LASAC) said the face masks are intended primarily for residents near the volcano.

"There is still a need for N95 (masks) especially the areas near the Taal Volcano," it said.

Face mask donations may be brought to LASAC's headquarters at the St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary compound in Lipa City.

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