Taal Volcano turned its nearest town into a ‘desert’

In case we forgot that we’re simply Mother Nature’s guests who she can flick off anytime she wants, the Taal Volcano just gave us a pretty convincing reminder.

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ABS-CBN News

Agoncillo Town in Batangas, the nearest area to Taal Lake, has made rounds in social after it was seemingly turned into a ‘ghost town’ and a ‘desert’, following the latter’s eruption. Around 8,000 residents from similarly high-risk zones have since been evacuated.

The ill-fated town also recorded twin quakes with magnitudes of 4.0 and 4.1, although no damages were recorded. Ashfall from the volcano has reached as far as Manila, forcing the capital city to shut down its main airport, as well as suspensions for work and schools.

 

 

 

 

Taal Volcano recently experienced a phreatic or ‘steam blast’ eruption, where hot magma meets cold groundwater. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised an Alert Level 4, indicating that a hazardous eruption is imminent for the coming days.

One of the world’s smallest volcanos, this would be Taal’s first major eruption since 1977.