Map of the location of the Taal Volcano near Manila, Philippines.

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Facts & Figures: Taal Volcano Eruption in the Philippines

What began with reports of mile-high steam, ash and pebbles blasting from the Taal volcano in the Philippines has now triggered dire warnings of imminent danger for the nearby villagers and communities.

Plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands of children and families are underway, as fears grow for the 450,000 people estimated to be living within the 8.5-mile danger zone of the volcano.

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FAQs: What you need to know about the Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines

Where in the Philippines is the Taal Volcano located?
What is the current state of the Taal volcano?
What danger does the Taal volcano eruption pose for children and families?
How is Save the Children currently responding to the the Taal Volcano eruption?
What is the history of Save the Children’s emergency response in the Philippines?
How can I help children and families impacted emergencies?

Where in the Philippines is the Taal Volcano located?

The Taal volcano is located on a small island about 65 miles south of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. 

While the Taal volcano it is one of the world's smallest volcanoes, it is the Philippines' second most active volcano. It has recorded at least 34 eruptions in the past 450 years.

What is the current state of the Taal volcano?

On Sunday, January 12, the Taal volcano began spewing ash, prompting warnings of a possible explosive eruption. Rumbling sounds and tremors were also reported.

Authorities has raised the alert to level four – indicating a hazardous eruption is imminent. Level five, the highest, means an eruption is taking place.

At present time, a weak flow of lava began seeping out of Taal volcano.

What danger does the Taal volcano eruption pose for children and families?

As local authorities have requested a total evacuation of everyone within a 10.5-mile radius of the volcano, thousands of children and families are on the move.

Volcanic eruptions can produce a dangerous mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases, threatening nearby communities and putting children, families and rescuers at risk.

News outlets are reporting that more than 16,400 people had sought shelter in temporary evacuation centers set up by the authorities.

As the global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, Save the Children knows that when crisis strikes, children are the most vulnerable. 

How is Save the Children currently responding to the Taal Volcano eruption?

Save the Children is closely monitoring the ongoing situation. Our Emergency Response Teams remain on active standby for any possible assessment and response.

What is the history of Save the Children’s emergency response in the Philippines?

Save the Children has a long history of responding to emergencies in the Philippines, including earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis.

When a series of deadly earthquakes struck Mindanao Island in the Philippines last year, Save the Children, through the generous support of our donors, supplied families with urgent relief supplies such as food, water, hygiene kits and protective tarps.

Our emergency response also worked to ensure children had access to safe and productive learning spaces so that boys and girls in the Philippines could remain in school and not miss out on critical school time. 

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