Philippine Volcano Eruption

Sadie Cooper, Reporter

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On Tuesday, the volcano in the Philippines called Taal erupted and spewed lava and ash a half-mile into the sky. Causing schools and government offices to close and the city of Tagaytay was shaken by several earthquakes. There is a chance there might be another eruption at any time now within hours or within days.

More than 40,000 people have had to flee from their homes to get out of the way from the ash and rock coming from the volcano. The people from Taal are now living in 198 evacuation centers without any timetable of return. More than 4,000 schools have been closed which has stopped the education of about 5.2 million children. 

The authorities have had people monitoring the speed of the rise of the magma, which is an important part of the process of predicting if the volcano will have a massive eruption or if it will settle down. 

As of right now, there is no sign of the magma falling and the earthquakes have continued. But not everyone was fleeing. The people who live in the city of Tagaytay have been idly watching the eruption happen and merely wipe off the ash from their cars as they go outside.

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited the region Tuesday and said he was “very happy” with the emergency response. He also warned businesses nationwide not to hoard face masks.

If business owners were to raise their price there would be stiff criminal charges. “If you hoard them I will be forced to raid your business,” said Duterte, who visited the Taal area Tuesday. “For those who cannot afford it, I will give it free.”

So far there have been no human deaths, but the volcano has killed 2,000 heads of livestock.  

The volcano has not erupted again since the first time.