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Taal Volcano spews lava fountains

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LOOK: Taal Volcano, sunod-sunod na ang pagbuga ng lava mula bandang 3:30 am, Jan. 13, 2020 © Jonathan Andal LOOK: Taal Volcano, sunod-sunod na ang pagbuga ng lava mula bandang 3:30 am, Jan. 13, 2020

Taal Volcano in Batangas spewed lava fountains around 3 a.m. on Monday, according to a report by Jonathan Andal on GMA News' Unang Balita.


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said this can be considered as low-level eruption.

The lava fountains were recorded before 3 a.m., at 3:20 a.m., and at 3:42 a.m. and lasted for around a minute at a time.

Loud sounds were also heard as the volcano spewed lava, and lightning also occurred.

PHIVOLCS said in its 3:50 a.m. bulletin that ashfall had fallen on the following areas:

  • Tanauan, Batangas
  • Escala, Tagaytay
  • Sta. Rosa, Laguna
  • Dasmariñas, Bacoor and Silang, Cavite
  • Malolos, San Jose del Monte, Meycauayan, Bulacan
  • Antipolo, Rizal
  • Muntinlupa
  • Las Piñas 
  • Marikina
  • Parañaque
  • Pasig
  • Quezon City
  • Mandaluyong
  • San Juan
  • Manila
  • Makati 
  • Taguig

It added that large rock fragments (lapilli) measuring 2 to 64 mm in diameter fell on Tanauan and Talisay in Batangas, Tagaytay City in Cavite and Nuvali and Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

Tagaytay City

Tagaytay City in Cavite had continuous ash fall, and with the rains which fell until midnight, the roads were covered with thick mud.

The city became almost a ghost town as many tourists already left on Sunday after Taal Volcano showed signs of activity.

Traffic was heavy from Tagaytay City to Sta. Rosa, Laguna and the South Luzon Expressway on Sunday.

Travel time from Tagaytay City to the municipality beside it, Silang, took six hours.

Meanwhile, some evacuees from the town of Talisay which is right beside the volcano walked all the way to Tagaytay.

A hospital in Tagaytay which is running on generator at the moment said it will transfer patients to hospitals in Laguna. 

Thousands of residents evacuated on Sunday after the volcano spewed a massive cloud of ash into the sky.

Classes, flights, work

Classes were canceled in several areas due to the ash fall.

Many flights were also canceled as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport remains closed.

Government work in Metro Manila, the Calabarzon Region, and Region 3 for Monday, January 13, 2020 has been suspended due to the ash hfall from Taal Volcano's phreatic explosion on Sunday. —KG, GMA News

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