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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Manila was heavily devastated when Typhoon Ondoy Tropical Storm Ketsana hit the Philippines on Saturday, September 26 2009. The heavy rainfall caused heavy floods / flooding in Manila which resulted to several dozens of death and thousands got hurt. [cnn.com]
On September 26, 2009, Saturday, Philippines was devastated with flash floods caused by the Tropical Storm Ketsana also known as Typhoon Ondoy to Filipinos. Thousands were hurt and several dozens died. [bbc.co.uk]