‘Taal’s volcanic activity could last 7 months’
Bornas added a volcanic tsunami is among the possible hazards of Taal’sactivity, while fissuring, landslides and ground liquefaction are alsopossible. “It could be short, it could be long. Hopefully, short lang kasi malaking dagok po ‘yan sa mgakababayan natin sa Batangas,” she said. Mariton Bornas, chief of Volcano Monitoring and Eruption PredictionDivision of the PHIVOLCS, said a prolonged eruption would be the “worst-casescenario” for Taal Volcano’s intense unrest. Residents use plastic bags to cover themselves from ash spewed from Taal Volcano’s unrest. Mariton Bornas, personnel of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said a prolonged eruption could pose a serious challenge for the locals. EZRA ACAYAN/GETTY IMAGES/CNN.COM “Kung titingnan po natin ang historicaleruptions ng Taal, puwede po ‘yang kasing-ikli ng threedays katulad ng 1911 eruption o puwede ‘yang tumagal ng pitong buwanlike the 1754 eruption,” Bornas added. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered government agencies toensure that the people affected by the eruption will be given assistance. “Pinapasigurado niya salahat ng ahensya ng executive, saDOH na dapat tutukan agad ‘yung sakalusugan, ‘yung mga mask dapat ma-distributeagad. Sa DSWD para magbigay ngtulong lalo na sa evacuation centers, ‘YungArmed Forces nag-deploy na ng lahat ng air assets ng Philippine Air Force. ‘Yung DOE dapat ma-restore ang power,” Sen. Christopher “Bong” Gosaid. Duterte has given instructions to the Department of Health (DOH),Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Armed Forces of thePhilippines, and the Department of Energy (DOE), among others. “Kapag pumuputok po nangmalakas, explosive eruption, maystudies na ginawa diyan, eitherdriven by explosion or may grounddeformation o pag-alsa ng lupa nasumisipa sa tubig,” she said. Very fine particles from volcanic ash would take about three daysbefore they settle from the atmosphere, Bornas added. “Siguro ang closest na puwede ihalintulad sa malakas na pagputokng Taal ay atomic bomb explosion– ‘yung itsura niya, hindi ‘yungenergy,” she said. “Mayroon kang matayogna eruption column tapos mayroong ‘ringkumakalat mula doon sa base ngeruption column.” MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology(PHIVOLCS) is bracing for the possibility of a prolonged activity of the TaalVolcano, which it said could reach up to seven months. “Ang local governmentunits naman ang on top dito, supporting ang national government agencies. Dapat gumalaw kaagad ang lahat ng ahensya,” Go added./PN “Medyo mas malalaki ang mgailog diyan eh. Sa ibang parte ng bulkan, masyado matarik ang dalisdis so mahirap mag-accumulate ng deposits. Pero dito sa side ngLaurel mayroong plain diyan at may malaking drainage ng mga ilog, so puwede kang mag-generate ngmga lahar diyan,” she added.