Houses collapsing under the weight of the ash. Once bustling markets now empty, fields left untended, lush trees now gray and lifeless.
As of 19 Jan 2020, 6:00PM, Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Taal Volcano, the Philippine government advises . This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk areas as identified in the hazard maps within the 14-km radius from Taal Main Crater and along the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed.
If a major eruption occurs during the day and eruption column exceeds 5 km, residents around the volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall. Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from the eruption column pose hazards to aircraft.
According to aljazeera.com, an erupting Taal volcano in the Philippines remains life-threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, according to an official who advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone.
Maria Antonia Bornas, an official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said on Friday that continuing volcanic quakes, the drying of the crater lake and other signs indicated magma was moving beneath.
Heavy charcoal-like ash rained down on towns and villages, blanketing everything, reports CNN. Houses and trees buckled under the weight of it. Affected areas had no power or fresh water.
The once bustling markets are empty, the fields left untended, the lush trees now gray and lifeless.