Facts & Figures: Taal Volcano Eruption in the Philippines
On July 1st, 2021, the Taal Volcano erupted, forcing nearby villages in the Philippines to evacuate, affecting approximately 21,000 people in the communities of Laurel and Agoncillo. As the country grapples with its second wave of COVID-19 cases, precautionary measures to protect children and families are more important than ever.
The Taal Volcano in the province of Batangas is now under Alert Level 3, which indicates magmatic unrest that could drive additional eruptions. While local villages are being told to evacuate, the number of displaced families remains undetermined.
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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.
On Thursday, July 1st, the Taal Volcano erupted, causing local villages to evacuate.
Authorities have raised the alert to a Level 3, which indicates there is magmatic unrest, after a phreatomagmatic eruption -- an eruption of magma and water -- occurred. Level 5, the highest, means an eruption is taking place.
Based on Level 3 alert, experts recommend that inhabitants of high-risk areas evacuate, such as those living on Taal Volcano Island and in some towns in the province of Batangas.
Local authorities have implemented evacuation procedures, although it is uncertain how many families have evacuated.
Volcanic eruptions can produce a dangerous mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases, which could threaten nearby communities and put children, families and rescuers at risk.
As the global leader in child-focused humanitarian response Save the Children knows that when crisis strikes, children are the most vulnerable.
Save the Children is closely monitoring the ongoing situation. Our Emergency Response Teams remain on active standby for any possible assessment and response.
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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Last updated: 7/2/21
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