Published On: Sun, Jan 12th, 2020

Philippines Taal volcano eruption sparks earthquakes | World | News

As the volcanic activity intensified, two volcanic earthquakes of magnitudes M2.5 and M3.9 were created.

They were felt in Tagaytay City and Alitagtag at 6.15pm and 6.22pm local time.

The Department of Science and Technology at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) released the warning, raising the Alert Levels.

Releasing a statement on Twitter the organisation urged people to evacuate.

It read: “DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and additional evacuation of areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within a 14 kilometre radius from Taal Main Crater.”

The DOST-PHIVOLCS also warned areas north of the volcano to guard themselves against “heavy and prolonged ash fall”.

Civil aviation authorities were advised to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as ballistic fragments and airborne ash from the eruption “pose hazards”.

The organisation claimed it was monitoring the eruption and will continue to update on further developments.

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