- After Taal Volcano spewed ashes one kilometer high on Sunday, DOH warned of its possible health effects
- As of now, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raise its status to Alert Level 4
- Volcanic tsunami is also possible if the alert level would be raised to 5
- Authorities advised everyone to stay safe from ashfall and evacuate if needed
According to research, volcanic ash can cause eye, skin and breathing problems.
It can also cause property damage, both near the eruption site and hundreds of kilometers away.
After Taal Volcano spewed ashes one kilometer high on Sunday, the Department of Health (DOH) warned of its possible health effects.
In a report ng KAMI, a volcanic tsunami is also possible if the alert level would rise to 5.
World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines on Twitter enumerated safety measures people should follow:
- Follow evacuation procedures.
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- Avoid low-lying areas and areas downwind from the volcano.
- Wear masks that block small particles of ash for children, elderly and people with respiratory problems. For the general population, wear a simple mask.
- Wear proper eye protection.
- Make sure that food and drinks are safe before consuming it.
It is also helpful to always listen to local radio stations and watch the news for updates.
Do not forget to protect property and electronics to ensure safety. If there's damage, look for and report broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities.
Meanwhile, DOH told the public in a statement to stay alert. Exposure to volcanic ash can cause:
- throat irritation
- bronchitis-like illness
- discomfort while breathing
- eye irritation
- minor skin problems
DOH also said to seek medical help if these conditions arise.
Authorities advised everyone to stay safe from ash fall and evacuate if needed
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