Scientist says Metro Manila residents no longer need to wear masks for ashfall

Scientist says Metro Manila residents no longer need to wear masks for ashfall

- An expert has advised that there is no need for Metro Manila residents to wear N95 masks following the Taal Volcano eruption

- The environmental scientist said that the air condition in Metro Manila during the New Year’s Eve was much worse compared to the ashfall being experienced in the metro

- DOST-PHIVOLCS claimed that there is no longer ashfall in Metro Manila as the wind has been heading towards a different direction

- Meanwhile, ashfall is expected to hit the provinces of Laguna and Quezon

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An expert claimed that Metro Manila residents do not have to buy or even hoard face masks following the eruption of Taal Volcano last Sunday.

KAMI learned that environmental scientist Dr. Gerry Bagtasa of the University of the Philippines Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology has explained the weather condition after the eruption.

In a report by the Inquirer (authored by Jhesset O. Enano), Bagtasa said that it is not necessary for Metro Manila residents to wear a face mask, most especially the N95.

He also explained that Metro Manila’s air quality during the New Year ’s Eve was much worse than the ashfall caused by the eruption.

“But most of the ash plume descended only up to 3 km,” Bagtasa explained.

“The finer ash was not able to reach the ground surface… The ashfall observed in some areas [is] relatively huge, which [was] pulled down by gravity,” he added.

However, it can still be advised for people in Metro Manila to use the regular surgical face mask because of the air pollution from vehicles.

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Meanwhile, GMA News reported that the DOST-PHIVOLCS announced that as of January 14, 2020, there is no longer ashfall being experienced over Metro Manila.

It also mentioned that the wind is now heading towards the southwest and western sides of the Taal Volcano. It is expected to go to the direction of Quezon and Laguna.

As of posting time, Alert Level 4 is still raised over the Taal Volcano. PHIVOLCS said that Alert Level 5 will not be raised yet.

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