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On Saturday, a volcanic eruption in the Philippines forced thousands of people to flee their homes as ash and hundreds of meters of smoke were exposed. Residents of Sao Jorge, located in the Portuguese Azores archipelago, also continued to flee the island, which experienced small earthquakes a week before the eruption. The Philippine Volcanic and Seismological Observatory said the volcano Taal, located on a lake south of Manila, had erupted for a short time. The company also warned that volcanic eruptions would emit rapid emissions of gases, ash, debris and tsunamis. Residents of five villages that live on agriculture and fishing have been asked to evacuate their homes near the country’s most active volcano.
“It rained mud,” said Cornelia Pesigan, 25, who took refuge in a school seven kilometers outside the danger zone. “There was a stench, I’m breathing hard,” said the woman, a mother of two.
Following the initial eruption, a continuous flow of magma interacted with water (a fructo-magmatic flow) that sent gray clouds to an altitude of 1500 m.
According to agency scientist Princess Kozalan, when the molten rock comes in contact with water beneath or on the surface of the ocean, the priatomactic action occurs, which is comparable to pouring “water in a hot pot”.
“I can no longer sleep peacefully,” Claudia Andrade said before boarding the boat with her nine – year – old son to the nearby island of Pico. The strongest earthquake to hit the island last Saturday was 3.3 on the Richter scale.
The Azores Volcanoes Information and Monitoring Center has placed Sao Jorge on a fourth alert, considering the possibility of a “volcanic eruption”.
No eviction order has been issued, but if necessary, contingency plans have been drawn up to relocate residents to safer areas in the western part of the island, which is about 54 kilometers long and 8 kilometers wide. And left the island, at least 1,250 of the total population of about 8,000, who, on Friday, advised against the movement except for necessity.
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