Manila experienced an unexpected atmospheric disruption today as the Taal volcano, located in the picturesque lake of Batangas province near the city, released above-average amounts of sulfur dioxide, leading to a dense smog blanket over the capital and its neighboring regions. In response to this development, the state’s volcanology and seismology institute, monitoring the situation closely, identified an upsurge in hot volcanic fluids within the Taal volcano’s crater lake.
This has consequently resulted in a significant emission of volcanic gases. While the present alert stands at level 1 on the established five-tier scale, it signifies a notable uptick in volcanic earthquake activities as well as increased steam and gas emissions. It’s a clear indication for locals and authorities to be vigilant, though not a cause for immediate alarm. Taking swift action to safeguard the health of its citizens, the local authorities have ordered the closure of schools across five cities, along with numerous towns.
They’ve also advised residents to minimize outdoor activities and, if possible, remain indoors until the situation stabilizes. The Taal volcano, rising 1,020 feet, is not just a significant attraction due to its setting within a stunning lake but is also recognized as one of the most active among the 24 volcanoes dotting the Philippines.