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Philvolcs raises warning to Alert Level 4 as heavy ashfall from Taal Volcano reaches Manila

(Photo by Michael Sagaran)

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the status of the Taal Volcano to Alert Level 4 indicating warning of imminent "hazardous eruption."

Ashfall was reported in metro Manila, located about 101 km (63 miles) north of the volcano.

"The public is reminded that the main crater should be strictly off limits because sudden steam explosions can occur and high concentrations of lethal volcanic gases can be released,” PHIVOLCS said. 

Cavite Governor announced that classes in all levels within the province of Cavite and Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has also ordered the suspension of classes in all levels of public and private schools on Monday (Jan 13) due to the ashfalls.

“In addition, communities around the Taal Lakeshore are advised to take precautionary measures and be vigilant of possible lake-water disturbances related to the ongoing unrest," Philvolcs added.


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