CAGAYAN de Oro City--A city councilor made a surprise inspection at various stores selling N95 masks in the city.
Councilor George Goking, chair of the City Council committee on trade and commerce, made the surprise inspection following reports that prices of disposable face masks have dramatically increased after the Taal volcano eruption.
Goking said his committee will investigate the alleged shortage of supplies of N95 face masks.
As of 1 p.m. yesterday (January 14), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that Taal volcano’s eruption has been characterized by continuous magmatic and hydrovolcanic activity.
"Lava fountains generated 800-meter tall dark gray steam-laden plumes that drifted to the general southwest," the Philvolcs said in a post.
It said new fissures or cracks were observed in Sinisian, Mahabang Dahilig, Dayapan, Palanas, Sangalang, Poblacion, Lemery; Pansipit, Agoncillo; Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 5, Talisay and Poblacion, San Nicolas. A fissure was also documented across the road connecting Agoncillo to Laurel, Batangas.
The Philippine Seismic Network recorded a total of forty-nine (49) volcanic earthquakes in the Taal region from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. on January 14. "Seven of these earthquakes were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity II to IV in Tagaytay City," said the Phivolcs, adding "the intense seismic activity coupled with fissuring on the caldera region likely signifies continuous magma intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity."
Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within a 14-kilometer radius from Taal Main Crater.
Areas around Taal Volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall. Civil aviation authorities must advise the aviation industry to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from the eruption column pose hazards to aircraft. DOST-PHIVOLCS is continually monitoring the eruption and will update all stakeholders of further developments.
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