Travelers, tourism biz near Taal Volcano told to evacuate

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

July 2, 2021, 11:19 am

<p>Taal lakeside<em> (Contributed photo)</em></p>

Taal lakeside (Contributed photo)

MANILA – Travelers and tourism businesses in high-risk areas near the restive Taal Volcano are advised to evacuate as authorities placed the volcano under Alert Level 3 due to "magmatic unrest" at its main crater.

In a statement on Friday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said the health and safety of visitors and the locals remain as the "top priority" of the agency during this time.

"The DOT likewise encourages tourists to postpone any tourism activity and non-essential travel to high-risk towns of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas until the Phivolcs declares it safe to be in the vicinity," it said.

Tourists who will need assistance may contact the DOT Calabarzon regional office through telephone (049) 508-0741 and email [email protected].

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on July 1 reported that Taal Volcano's main crater generated a one-kilometer-high "short-lived dark phreatomagmatic plume".

The towns of Agoncillo and Laurel in Batangas were immediately tagged as "high-risk areas" and residents were advised to be evacuated due to the possible hazards of "pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami".

The entire Volcano Island is a permanent danger zone and entry into the island, as well the two towns, is prohibited. (PNA)