On January 12, several parts of Luzon experienced ashfall due to the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), this occurs when water beneath the ground is heated by magma, lava, hot rocks, or new volcanic deposits. They have also raised the alert status of Taal to Alert 4, which means that a hazardous explosive eruption may occur within a few hours or days.
As of 3:20 a.m., January 13, lava fountains were seen spewing out of Taal Volcano’s main crater.
PHIVOLCS has also recorded at least 52 volcanic eruptions in the Taal region, as of 12:49 a.m. January 13. On Twitter, they stated that “26 of these earthquakes were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity II - V in Tagaytay City, Cabuyao, Laguna, Talisay, Alitagtag, Lemery, and Bauan, Batangas.” These earthquakes are said to signify “continuous magma intrusion beneath Taal edifice” and may lead to further eruptive activity.
Currently, PHIVOLCS has advised nearby residents to evacuate the Taal Volcano Island and other nearby areas. It is said that areas within a 14-km radius of the volcano run the risk of pyroclastic density currents—a fast flow of hot gas and volcanic matter—and volcanic tsunami.
Due to this unfortunate event, our kababayans are now in need of monetary and in-kind donations, such as medicine, face masks, food items, and blankets.
Looking for ways to help out? Here are some institutions accepting donations for those who are affected by the Taal Volcano eruption:
University of the Philippines Office of the Student Regent
They have set up donation centers at several UP campuses. You may drop them off here:
Gabriel - (0995) 460 8407
USC Office, Alumni Center Building, UP Baguio
Marco - (0917)108 4376
USC Office, Sampaguita Residence Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City
University Student Council Office
CAS Student Council Office
UP College of Nursing (Sotejo Hall) lobby
(0908) 211 1437
UP LOS BAÑOS
Nico - (0995) 524 0257
USC Office, SU Building, UPLB
San Beda College Alabang Institutional Community Involvement Center
University of Batangas
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Imus Wagaywa
JCI Imus Wagayway Oplan Kaagapay Coordination Center
Lot 11, Blk 3 Milan St. Pallas Athena Executive Village Anabu II-C Imus City
Contact person: EVP Michael Memoracion (0917) 155 5039
Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Center, Inc. (LASAC)
Art Relief Mobile Kitchen
They are looking for volunteers who would like to help serve hot meals to those in need. As of now, they are closely monitoring as to where and when they could establish their mobile kitchen.
South Ground Vans
They are providing free transportation services for all affected families and areas of the Taal Volcanic Eruption.
Although they’re not accepting donations, Globe has set up a free internet, call, and charging station at Barangay Amuyong Covered Court in Tagaytay Nasugbu Road, Alfonso, Cavite from January 13 to 16, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., to help those affected reach their loved ones. They are also providing free and unlimited GoWifi connections in nearby malls as well as in all four terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Here’s a complete list of the malls with free and unlimited GoWifi:
Robinson’s Place Lipa
Robinson’s Sta. Rosa
Robinson’s Place San Pedro
Robinson’s Los Banos
The District - Dasmarinas
The District - Imus
Ayala Malls Serin - Tagaytay
Robinson’s Place Dasmarinas
Robinson’s General Trias
In case of an emergency, here is a list of hotlines you can call:
- National Emergency Hotline – 911
- Philippine National Police – 117
- PHIVOLCS – (02) 8426-1468 to 79
- Philippine Red Cross – 143 or (02) 8790-2300
- Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) – (02) 8426-0246
- National Disaster Risk Reduction And Management Council – (02) 8911-5061 to 65 local 100
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