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Taal Volcano Alert Level Raised as SO2 Emissions Surge, Warns RDRRMC CALABARZON

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The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) CALABARZON has issued an advisory following elevated sulfur dioxide (SO2) degassing from the Taal Volcano. The alert level has been raised to 1 as of 10:30 PM on June 6, 2024.

The Taal Main Crater was measured to emit 11,072 tonnes/day of volcanic SO2 gas today. This significant increase in SO2 emissions has led to hazy conditions over several areas including Alitagtag, Tingloy, San Nicolas, Laurel, Taysan, Lobo, and Batangas City. The haze was also observed during a field survey in Agoncillo, Lemery, Taal, Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, Cuenca, Lipa, Balete, and Malvar.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasts a probable weakening of wind in the coming days. This may lead to potential SO2 accumulation and vog formation over the Taal region. Prolonged exposure to volcanic SO2 can cause irritation of the eyes, throat, and respiratory tract.

People who may be particularly sensitive to these conditions are those with health conditions such as asthma, lung disease, and heart disease, the elderly, pregnant women, and children. The RDRRMC advises the public to limit their exposure by avoiding outdoor activities, staying indoors, and shutting doors and windows to block out volcanic gas.

For personal protection, it is recommended to cover the nose, ideally with an N95 facemask, and drink plenty of water to reduce any throat irritation or constriction. Those belonging to the particularly sensitive group of people are advised to watch over themselves and seek help from a doctor or the barangay health unit if needed, especially if serious effects are experienced.

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