Fact check: ‘Unusual’ low tide in Oriental Mindoro is connected to Taal Volcano eruption

Fact check: ‘Unusual’ low tide in Oriental Mindoro is connected to Taal Volcano eruption

- An online post has claimed that an unusual low tide happened in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro

- The post mentioned that the strange low tide could have a connection with a possible volcanic tsunami

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

- The Alert Level 4 over Taal Volcano remains as it enters its 2nd week of unrest

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A social media post has claimed that a supposed unusual low tide was experienced in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro.

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

In a report by Rappler, the post mentioned that the strange low tide could be a sign of a possible volcanic tsunami.

“Guys ingat para sa lahat. Not a typical type of low tide. Kita ang mga coral reefs. Since ang San Teodoro Or. Mdo. malapit sa Batangas, probably nahigop ang tubig because ng Taal, so once mag erupt ang bulkan, babalik ang tubig nyan.. So please be safe at handa ang lahat sa possible na Vulcanic Tsunami,” it read in the caption.

“Naglalabasan ang mga isda wag naman po sanang senyales ito na may iba pang magaganap. Pray tayo at sobrang baba daw po ng tubig,” it added.

Rappler reported that according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), it is “almost unlikely” that the low tide in Oriental Mindoro would cause a volcanic tsunami that would be connected to the Taal Volcano eruption.

“Kung magkakaroon ng low tide [sa Mindoro], most likely hindi about sa Taal,” Lincoln Olayta a research specialist in Phivolcs said.

He also explained that a volcanic tsunami is caused by a “landslide” or “debris fall” in the volcano. A volcanic tsunami could only happen when an explosive eruption happens.

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It has been reported earlier that the Alert Level 4 over Taal Volcano remains as it enters its 2nd week of unrest.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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