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post #1 of 20 Old 01-15-2020, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Taal volcano eruption, Philippines

It’s been on the international news a little, but the Taal volcano in southern Luzon began erupting earlier this week. It is the smallest volcano in the Philippines, but the second most active. The last eruption was in the mid 1970’s.

Its unique geography makes it a big tourist attraction. The volcano cone is surrounded by a lake in an ancient caldera. A boat takes tourists as well as residents across to the outer cone.

Residents keep horses and use them t carry tourists up the cone to the rim to get a view into another lake with a smaller cone. There was usually steam visible there.

I rode up to the rim some years ago. One of my thoughts at the time was how or even whether the people could get the livestock off the island in case of an eruption.

What has, and apparently is ongoing, is that some residents and at least 2 animal welfare organizations have defied mandatory evacuation orders and rescued some of the horses, carabaos, cattle, and goats from the island.

One photo here shows the geography of the area, and the current danger zones. The other shows stock being evacuated by small boats.


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post #2 of 20 Old 01-15-2020, 07:52 AM
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Thanks for posting that. I had heard about this on the radio, and I thought of you and wondered if you were affected. I'm glad you seem to be OK. I had also heard about the animals; really sad. I'm so glad some organizations are coming to help them.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-15-2020, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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@ACinATX . We are fine. We are actually stranded until Friday at our son’s home in Japan. We were visiting and scheduled to fly home on the day of the eruption. All flights into and out of Manila were cancelled due to the ash cloud. Can’t really complain about extra time to spend with the grandkid.

Our ranch is about 370 kilometers north of the volcano. Folks looking after the place for us say there is no sign of ash there.
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Glad to hear you're safe! I can't even begin to imagine living near a volcano!
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-15-2020, 09:37 AM
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I'm happy that there are people risking it to get these animals out of there as they didn't choose to live there. Also, I hope no one gets hurt in doing so and very glad that this isn't affecting you and your farm.

Enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

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I was wondering how you're all doing, @Cordillera Cowboy . Glad to hear you and your home are safe.

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Yes thanks for the update. I think I heard a news report that a million people were in the evacuation zone.
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What I read was it was throwing ash and pebbles 9 miles up into the air. The Philippine Islands are in the Ring of Fire that circles the pacific ocean. And I looked at the volcanic lightning it was producing.

Glad you and family are safe. Hope you get to fly home soon. @Cordillera Cowboy

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Amazing that people would live all the way up the sides of an obviously active volcano.

this reminds me of the one in New Zealand, where the tourists got caught on the island, and a dozen or so died.


We had a volcano erupt here, about 30 years ago, . . Mt. Saint Helens.
The ash cloud didn't come toward Seattle. About 80 people died.
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Amazing that people would live all the way up the sides of an obviously active volcano.

this reminds me of the one in New Zealand, where the tourists got caught on the island, and a dozen or so died.


We had a volcano erupt here, about 30 years ago, . . Mt. Saint Helens.
The ash cloud didn't come toward Seattle. About 80 people died.
I think about Mt Ranier and the massive mud flow lanes that would wipe out many suburbs around it if it ever blew (and it is technically an active volcano). Why do people choose to live in those suburbs? I guess it's what they can afford. Plus no one really thinks it will happen. I sure wouldn't live there.
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