It has been three days since the Taal Volcano – one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes – has began erupting and spewing ash into the air causing damages to tens of thousands of livelihoods. But this natural disaster doesn’t seem to be slowing down. By Amitha Ameen
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Taal Volcano erupting. I used ‘awesome’ to describe the scene in the formal sense, intending it to mean ‘extremely daunting’ and ‘inspiring great apprehension and fear.’ To those asking, I am not a professional photographer, just a hobbyist who was at the right place at the right time when wind and sun presented a perfect scene of the unfolding calamity for capture. We had to leave the deck of Taal Vista and flee the area when the wind shifted and muddy rain started to fall. We had to evacuate our nearby home because of this disaster. I have given permission to aid and relief groups to use the photo to help everyone who have fallen victim to his ‘awesome’ natural event. Please help in whatever way you can. People are still suffering. Thank you. #taaleruption2020
The Taal volcano eruption has left the lives of the people living in and around the region, on the outskirts of Manila, in complete disarray. The deadly volcano that came to life for the first time in more than 40 years caught people of guard, forcing them to flee their homes with little or no possessions. According to the various media reports, over 100,000 people were displaced with some being checked into evacuation centres while others remained in limbo.
Photos that emerged from the regions showed the severity of the damage caused in the region. Damaged crops and plantations, floating dead fish, huts covered in ash as the Taal Volcano continued to erupt in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines.
The region, home to a thriving tourist attraction that draws more than 5.5 million tourists (source:economictimes.com) was asked to suspend activities by officials in Philippines. “We asked them to cease operations so no tourists or locals would be lured to that area,” Epimaco Densing, an undersecretary of the interior ministry, told reporters (as reported by Reuters).
Albeit deadly, Taal is one of the worlds smallest active volcanoes at a height of 1,020 feet. The volcano has erupted more than 30 times in the past, with the most recent one being in 1977.
The Philippines lies on the ‘The Ring of Fire’ region, a path along the Pacific Ocean, home to 75% of volcanoes and 90% of earthquakes in the world.