PETA asks for relief items for animals amid Taal eruption
A resident bathes his cow of ash in Taal Lake after they rescued them from a farm at Barangay Bignay, Batangas on Monday.
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PETA asks for relief items for animals amid Taal eruption
( - January 13, 2020 - 4:30pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 3:35 p.m., Jan. 23, 2020) — Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for items needed for relief operations for animals affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

PETA has deployed its animal rescue team to provide food and basic veterinary care to animals at evacuation centers.

The organization said it is also ready to provide help to animals on Taal Volcano Island itself when permitted.

"If you see any animals in need of help, please reach us on 0966-442-1708," PETA Asia said on Facebook.

PETA also asked for donations of the following items:

  • Telescope (to search for signs of life on the island)
  • Dog and cat food
  • Face masks
  • Leashes and collars

Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at PETA Asia headquarters at United 706, Fedman Building, 199 Salcedo Street in Legaspi Village, Makati.

The organization can also be contacted at 8817-5292.

PETA Asia is also accepting cash donations as it continues its rescue operations for animals on the volcano island and surrounding areas.

Cash assistance may be deposited in the following account: Metrobank, PETA Asia-Pacific Limited (007-066-31632-3).

Alert level 4 is still raised over Taal Volcano, indicating that hazardous eruption is possible within hours to days.

Phivolcs reiterated its call for total evacuation of the volcano island, as well as high-risk areas within the 14-kilometer radius of the main crater. 

The agency also advised those in the southwest areas to stay alert against the effects of heavy and prolonged ash fall. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: August 18, 2020 - 7:55pm

Get updates as Phivolcs issues warnings over activity in Taal Volcano. (Main photo by Adel)

February 27, 2020 - 9:35am

Philvolcs says in its 8 a.m. bulletin that Taal Volcano’s main crater emitted steam-laden plumes that are 300 meters high between 9pm February 26 to 3am of February 27.

Taal Volcano remains at Alert Level 2.

February 15, 2020 - 4:32pm

Police say they are still waiting for the Scene of the Crime Operatives for confirmation of the victim's identity, whose body was found dead underneath mud on Taal volcano Island.

February 14, 2020 - 9:29am

Phivolcs downgrades the alert status of Taal Volcano from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2.

The state seismic network characterized the activity of the volcano in the last three weeks by "less frequent volcanic earthquake activity, stabilizing ground deformation of the Taal Caldera and Taal Volcano Island edifices and weak steam/gas emissions" at the main crater.

Under Alert Level 2, Phivolcs warned that sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the volcano island.

"People are also advised to observe precautions due to ground displacement across fissures, frequent ashfall, and minor earthquakes," Phivolcs said.

February 8, 2020 - 10:15am

Alert Level 3 is still up over Taal Volcano, state volcanologists say.

According to the 8 a.m. bulletin Saturday, the volcano emitted white to dirty white steam-laden plumes rising 200 to 300m high before drifting southwest in the past 24 hours.

"Weak steaming from fissure vents along the Daang Kastila trail is currently ongoing. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 54 tonnes/day on February 7, 2020," Phivolcs says. 

"The Taal Volcano Network recorded one hundred fifteen (115) volcanic earthquakes including three (3) low-frequency events. These earthquakes signify magmatic activity beneath the Taal edifice that could lead to eruptive activity at the Main Crater," it adds.

February 7, 2020 - 8:36am

Alert Level 3 is still raised over Taal Volcano as its latest activity signify possible eruptive activity at the main crater.

In the last 24 hours, Phivolcs observed moderate emission of white to dirty white steam-laden plumes rising 200 to 300 meters high before drifting southwest.

The state seismic network also observed weak steamong from fissure vents along the Daang Kastila trail.

At least 118 volcanic earthquakes, including five low-frequency events and one harmonic tremor that lasted three minutes were recorded.

"DOST-PHIVOLCS reminds the public that sudden steam-driven and even weak phreatomagmatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall, and lethal volcanic gas expulsions can still occur and threaten areas within Taal Volcano Island and nearby lakeshores," Phivolcs said in its 8 a.m. bulletin for February 7.

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