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Taal erupts, villagers told to evacuate

Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone. #taaleruption

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Taal volcano shook and sent plumes one kilometer high around 4 p.m. Sunday prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS ) to issue an alert indicating magma activity in its interior.

The earthquakes in Volcano Island were felt in barangays of Agoncillo, Batangas while ashfall is currently occurring on the southwest sector of Taal, PHIVOLCS said in an advisory.

“PHIVOLCS strongly recommends Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas be evacuated due to the possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami,” the agency said in a statement.

“The public is reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and entry into the island as well as high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel is prohibited. In addition, communities around the Taal Lake shore are advised to take precautionary measures and be vigilant of possible lakewater disturbances related to the ongoing unrest,” PHIVOLCS added.

Entry to Volcano Island has been prohibited. (Phivolcs)

(Video from Ramon G. Pavillon)

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