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Four things you should do during volcanic eruptions

On January 13, the Taal Volcano—the second most active volcano in the Philippines—has added to the volcanic activities in the country in recent years. It has been spewing lava and ash which reached 15 kilometers in height, causing ashfall to occur in CALABARZON, NCR, and other nearby areas.

The Taal Volcano’s activity has prompted local government units to evacuate those living around the volcanic lake as it poses a threat to the health and safety of its residents. Malacañang has also suspended work in the government and classes in all levels so as not to risk the safety of students and workers alike.

We listed four My Pope-approved things you should do to keep you and your families safe during volcanic eruptions. Read on!

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Wear face masks

N95 face masks are specifically designed to block particulate matter such as dust and ash. Make sure you buy one to keep your nose and mouth covered when going out. If you can’t find N95 masks, you can use a surgical mask and place a wet handkerchief or thick cloth inside.

Close all windows and doors

Volcanic ash can trigger asthma attacks and cause respiratory illnesses to anyone who inhales it. It’s best to stay indoors, with all doors closed and windows properly shut, to prevent inhalation of the ash.

Listen to the news

Volcanic eruptions pose a risk to everyone’s safety, particularly to those living around the volcano and nearby provinces. Keep yourself updated with what’s happening—especially if you’re in an area that could be evacuated.

Bring pets inside

Just like in humans, ashfall can affect an animal’s respiratory system. Bring them inside the house if you can. Or if not, cover their cage to prevent ash from going in, and give them a bath after.

As of writing, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been monitoring the status of the Taal Volcano and the earthquakes that usually come with a volcanic eruption. In the past 24 hours, they have recorded at least 50 earthquakes that are magnitude 4.1 or less and continuous shaking of the ground due.

Text by Katie Rojas. 

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