Fact check: NDRRMC raises 'Alert Level 5' over Taal Volcano

Fact check: NDRRMC raises 'Alert Level 5' over Taal Volcano

- Earlier, an online post has been making the rounds on social media after claiming that the Taal Volcano is now on Alert Level 5

- The ost mentioned that nearby areas already experienced a tsunami following the eruption

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and misleading the public

- The NDRRMC has confirmed that the Taal Volcano was still on Alert Level 4 as of January 13, 2020

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A social media post has been circulating online after claiming that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has raised the alert level over the Taal Volcano.

However, KAMI learned that the claim was false and misleading the public.

In a report by Rappler, the post also claimed that the announcement was made on January 13, 2020.

“Itinaas na ang Bulkang Taal sa Alert Level 5, sapagkat sunod-sunod na pagsabog ng abo, putik at maliliit na bato ang namataan kaninang ala-1 ng hapon,” it read in the caption.

“Anumang oras ay maari ng sumabog ng maiinit na baga at putik na tinatawag na lava (magma) ang nasabing bulkan,” it added.

It was mentioned that a supposed tsunami was experienced in Lobo, Balayam, Mabini, and Tagaytay.

“Nakakaranas na rin ngayon ang lugar ng Lobo, Balayan, Mabini at Tagaytay ng pag-urong ng tubig na nagbabadya ng malaking agos ng tubig na tinatawag na tsunami,” it said in the post.

You may check the post here shared by multiple persons:

Fact check: NDRRMC raises 'Alert Level 5' over Taal Volcano

Screenshot from Rappler
Source: Facebook

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Rappler reported that the NDRRMC did not issue any update regarding the “Alert Level 5.”

As of 5 p.m. on January 13, 2020, the Taal Volcano was still on Alert Level 4.

On the same day, the NDRRMC has confirmed that the Taal Volcano was still on Alert Level 4. They also urged the Filipinos to rely only on official statements released by the NDRRMC and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In a previous report by KAMI, the experts shared tips on how to clean one’s vehicle after the heavy ashfall caused by the Taal Volcano eruption.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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