Lava flow from Taal indicates ‘good news’, ‘limited’ potential damage

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MANILA – Early Monday, the lava flow from the Taal Volcano eruption was “good news” and indicates “limited” potential damage, a geologist said.

Taal, the second most active volcano in the country located 2 hours away from Manila, shows a possible “hazardous eruption” as it prompted at least 75 earthquakes, state seismologists said.

According to Carlos Arcilla of the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences, the eruption of the volcano would not have carried much pyroclastic material.

“The lava fountain to me is in a sense ‘good news.’ It’s silver lining. Number 1 because it’s not going to be an eruption that carries a lot of pyroclastic materials because ‘yun po ang delikado (that’s what is dangerous),” he said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.

“That could still happen. I would have been more worried if continued na palaging ash and ash columns then suddenly super gas. Ang nagda-drive kasi ng eruption is ‘yung gas content ng lava. Kung lumalabas na ‘yung magma, it’s telling me at least the potential damage will be limited.”

Arcila said it was important to take the advice of the authorities, particularly Phivolcs.

“The important thing is to listen to what Phivolcs is saying because they have the instrument to do this. You cannot guess what’s inside, they rely on instruments,” he added.

Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. It has erupted more than 30 times in the last five centuries, having its recent eruption in 1977, while the eruption in 1911 killed 1,500 people, and an eruption in 1754 lasted a few months.

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