Lipa archdiocese stands ready to help Taal evacuees

Lipa archdiocese stands ready to help Taal evacuees

Coast Guard personnel help in the evacuation of residents on the island where Taal Volcano sits due to its increased seismic activity on Feb. 16, 2021. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD

By CBCP News

February 16, 2021

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic archdiocese is preparing to provide assistance to evacuees amid reports from seismologists of recent activity in the Taal volcano.

Residents have been evacuated from Taal island’s area on Tuesday as a precautionary move due to the volcano’s “slight increased” activity.

Fr. Jayson Siapco of the Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission said they are ready to provide immediate aid to the displaced.

“We’re actually expecting for the worst,” Siapco told Radio Veritas. “So we’ll be ready with our stockpiling of goods.”

The volcano unleashed a massive steam-driven explosion in January last year, which engulfed nearby towns in ash.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has since lowered the volcano’s alert level after it showed volcanic activity.

“But it is very clear to us that the Taal volcano has not erupted yet,” Siapco said.

In the past 24-hour, 98 tremor episodes were recorded in the volcano lasting five to 12 minutes. It also found weak emission of white steam-laden plumes that rose five meters high.

In its 8am bulletin on Feb. 16, Phivolcs said the volcano remains under Alert Level 1, which means sudden phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten the island.

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