Taal Volcano and Travel to the Philippines

On the afternoon of January 12, 2020 Taal Volcano in the Philippines started a series of eruptions that has prompted the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)  to declare an Alert Level 2 at that time.

As of 8am January 13, 2020, that Alert Level has gone up to Level 4, as the volcano started to spew lava fountains amid the threat of a hazardous magmatic eruption that can come within hours or days.

Taal is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 34 historical eruptions. The last one was in 1977.

All of these eruptions are concentrated on Volcano Island, an island near the middle of Taal Lake. The lake partially fills Taal Caldera, which was formed by prehistoric eruptions between 140,000 and 5,380 BP. 

Viewed from the Tagaytay Ridge in Cavite, Taal Volcano and Lake presents one of the most picturesque and attractive views in the Philippines. It is located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital of the Philippines, Metro Manila.

As of this writing, ashfall has already reached Metro Manila and the country’s biggest and busiest airport, the NAIA. At least two incoming international flights have now been diverted to the second biggest airport in the Philippines, Cebu Mactan International Airport and various domestic flights to/from Manila have been cancelled.

Please monitor and be aware of these events when planning a travel to the northern part of the Philippines in the coming days/weeks.

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