#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for 22 September 2023
(UPDATED, 8:00 AM)
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has warned those living in areas in the vicinity of Taal Volcano about the dangers of volcanic smog or vog. In a report issued late Thursday afternoon, PHIVOLCS noted that Taal has been generating steam plumes that rose 2,400-meters high before drifting to the west-northwest.
“In addition, a total of 4,569 tonnes/day of volcanic sulfur dioxide or SO2 gas emission from the Taal Main Crater was also measured today, 21 September 2023. Satellite monitors have also detected a large cloud of SO2 over and stretching west of Taal Lake,” it added.
The agency likewise reiterated that vog “consists of fine droplets containing volcanic gas such as SO2 which is acidic and can cause irritation of the eyes, throat and respiratory tract with severities depending on the gas concentrations and durations of exposure.”
“People who may be particularly sensitive to vog are those with health conditions such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease, the elderly, pregnant women and children. For communities that can be affected by vog, please be mindful of the following,” PHIVOLCS warned.
In connection with this, several local government executives have announced the suspension of classes for Friday, 22 September 2023. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post when more information becomes available.
Nasugbu, Batangas – Face-to-face classes only
Gen. Mariano Alvarez
San Juan City
Los Baños, Laguna – Bañamos Festival
San Pedro Laguna