Taal Volcano Erupted

Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 4:55 pm by admin

Taal Volcano erupted on January 12, 2020, Sunday at around 1:00 PM in the Philippines.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert status of Taal Volcano from Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) to Alert Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent) at around 7:30 PM.

According to the Website of PHIVOLCS-DOST, before Taal Volcano erupted, Taal Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded 62 volcanic earthquakes during the 24-hour observation period on January 11, 2020.

Furthermore at the Website, Taal Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded between 21 and 62 volcanic earthquakes during the 24-hour observation period for more than one week already, since the beginning of the year, from January 01, 2020 to January 11, 2020. Last year, on December 30, 2019, it recorded 85 volcanic earthquakes.

Alert Level 1 has been in effect over Taal Volcano during those dates as sudden steam explosions may occur. The public was reminded that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone.

Source: TAAL VOLCANO BULLETIN 12 January 2020 07:30 PM

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Typhoon Bopha Typhoon Pablo hit Philippines, killed more than 250 people

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 @ 11:28 pm by admin

As of today, reports say that more than 250 people got killed by Typhoon Bopha locally known as Typhoon Pablo and damaged more than 2,900 homes in Mindanao in the Philippines.

Read the full story with video, Rescuers struggle to aid Philippines storm victims, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, Philippines: Typhoon Bopha death toll rises, at the BBC site.
Read the full story with video, Philippines death toll rises in Typhoon Bopha, at the Deustche Welle site.
Read the full story, ‘Pablo’ Kills At Least 254, at the Manila Bulletin site.

For donations, please visit the Philippine Red Cross!

According to Philippine Red Cross, "Local chapters in affected areas set up first aid stations and welfare desks in 71 evacuation centers and provided hotmeals to displaced families."

Read the full story, Red Cross in full swing as Typhoon Pablo made landfall, at the Philippine Red Cross site.

Hostage-taking in Manila, Philippines

Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 2:30 pm by admin

25 people, including 22 Hong Kong tourists, were taken hostage inside a tourist bus near the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. The hostage-taker was a bemedalled former police officer Rolando Mendoza. Earlier, Rolando Mendoza has released 9 people. He also claimed that he was unjustly accused and would like to have his job back.

The hostage-taking is ongoing, please tune in at CNN or BBC television channel.

CNN Video Link

Read the full story, Hostages at Rizal Park, at the Manila Bulletin site.
Read the full story, 9th hostage freed, 17 others left onboard bus, at the Inquirer site.
Read the full story with video, Philippines hostage-taker threatens ‘drastic action’, at the CNN site.
Read the full story with video, Police surround hijacked bus in Philippine capital, at the BBC site.

Updated at 2:58pm :
The hostage-taking has ended and some hostages are alive.

Many areas in North Luzon cut off due to floods and landslides

Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 12:59 pm by admin

Many areas in North Luzon has been cut off due to floods and landslides. Planes and helicopters are being used to transport food and relief materials to bring to these areas. Typhoon Pepeng Tropical Storm Parma happened to be stronger than Typhoon Ondoy Tropical Storm Ketsana which both hit the Philippines. Typhoon Pepeng Tropical Storm Parma devastated Philippines on October 3, 2009 and stayed in North Luzon longer than forecasted. [inquirer.net]

Read the full story, Many areas cut off by floods, landslides, at the Inquirer site.
Read the full story, Struggle to reach isolated north Luzon areas, at the Inquirer site.

Typhoon Pepeng Tropical Storm Parma stronger than Typhoon Ketsana devastated Northern Luzon

Friday, October 9, 2009 @ 9:46 pm by admin

Typhoon Pepeng Tropical Storm Parma which was stronger than Typhoon Ondoy Tropical Storm Ketsana heavily hit Northern Luzon in the Philippines. As the typhoon hit the provinces, not a lot of pictures and videos were taken compared to when Tropical Storm Ketsana devastated Manila and Metro Manila. With Typhoon Parma, muds, floods, and landslides killed hundreds of people, displaced thousands of residents, damaged a lot of crops, and damaged a lot of places in Northern Luzon. [mb.com.ph and inquirer.net]

Read the full story, ‘Pepeng’ pummels North, at the Manila Bulletin site.
Read the full story, Landslide deaths lift RP storm toll past 450, at the Manila Bulletin site.
Read the full story, 150 die in Benguet slide, at the Inquirer site.

Laguna Lake in the Philippines swallowed villages

Thursday, October 8, 2009 @ 11:32 am by admin

After Typhoon Ondoy Tropical Storm Ketsana left, thousands of Filipinos got displaced especially those living near the Laguna Lake. More than 700,000 people living in the villages near Laguna Lake have no place to live as the villages are no longer habitable because of the floods. [inquirer.net]

Read the full story, Lake swallows villages, at the Inquirer site.

Typhoon Pepeng Tropical Storm Parma has weakened

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 @ 11:20 am by admin

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Pepeng Tropical Storm Parma in the Philippines has weakened into a tropical depression. [mb.com.ph]

Read the full story, Typhoon Pepeng weakens into a tropical storm, at the Manila Bulletin site.

Tropical Storm “Pepeng” still in the Philippines

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 @ 6:55 pm by admin

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the Tropical Storm “Pepeng” is still hovering near the Ilocos region in the Philippines. [mb.com.ph]

Read the full story, North Luzon still under threat, at the Manila Bulletin site.