Archdiocese appeals for more N95 masks as Taal volcano spews more toxic gas

Archdiocese appeals for more N95 masks as Taal volcano spews more toxic gas

Taal Volcano generates a dark phreatomagmatic plume at its main crater on July 1, 2021. COURTESY OF PHILVOCS-DOST

By CBCP News

July 4, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The Catholic Church in Batangas province has appealed for more N95 masks as the Taal volcano continues to emit high levels of sulfur dioxide.

The Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission (LASAC) said it has already propositioned and stockpiled an initial 5,000 pieces of N95 masks but more supplies are needed.

It said the archdiocese already donated a portion of their supplies to the residents of the towns of Agoncillo and Laurel.

“We are still in need of more. Our people need help,” the LASAC said.

Many families have already been moved from their homes that are within the 7-kilometer danger zone after the volcano continues to be restive.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded an “anomalously high” sulfur dioxide gas emission from the volcano on Sunday, averaging at 22,626 tonnes/day— “the highest ever recorded in Taal”.

The parameters, the Philvolcs, said may indicate that an eruption similar to the July 1 event may occur “anytime soon”.

The LASAC said affected residents need N95 masks “to avoid the negative effects of the sulfur emitted by the volcano”.

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