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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (Update March 24, 2021 )


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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines 
United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  

March 9, 2021 

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila

Location:  Vicinity of Taal Volcano Island and High-Risk Barangays Around Taal Lake

Event:  In light of ongoing volcanic and seismic activity, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has issued an ALERT LEVEL 2 for the Taal Volcano. “This means that there is probable magmatic activity that may or may not lead to an eruption,” according to the alert.  “At Alert Level 2, evacuation is not yet recommended.” 

Taal Volcano Island (TVI) is located approximately 100 kilometers south of Manila on the island of Luzon.  PHIVOLCS considers TVI a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).  Entry into TVI, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, remains prohibited.

Actions to Take:

  • Exercise caution if contemplating travel in the vicinity of TVI and the barangays surrounding Taal Lake.
  • If you are in the area, monitor current conditions, maintain active awareness of local conditions, and refrain from entering the PDZ and high-risk barangays.
  • Monitor local media and the PHIVOLCS website for updates.

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And this comes just a few days after Philvolcs issued an alert for Mt Pinatubo. It would be really bad if both of them went off at the same time.

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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines 
United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  

March 24, 2021 

 

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila  

 Location:  Vicinity of Taal Volcano Island and High-Risk Barangays Around Taal Lake 

 Event:  The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has issued a notice of elevated increase in seismic activity for Taal Volcano.  Taal Volcano is currently at ALERT LEVEL 2 (Increased Unrest), but that unrest has been elevating and is under constant evaluation. At Alert Level 2, sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around Taal Volcano Island. At Alert Level 2, evacuation is not yet recommended.   

 Taal Volcano Island (TVI) is located approximately 100 kilometers south of Manila on the island of Luzon.  PHIVOLCS considers TVI a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).  Entry into TVI, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, remains prohibited.  

 Actions to take:

  • Exercise caution if contemplating travel in the vicinity of TVI and the barangays surrounding Taal Lake.  
  • If you are in the area, monitor current conditions, maintain active awareness of local conditions, and refrain from entering the PDZ and high-risk barangays. 
  • Monitor local media and the PHIVOLCS website for updates.  

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