MOFA advises against travel to Batangas following volcanic eruption - Focus Taiwan

MOFA advises against travel to Batangas following volcanic eruption

Photo by the Associated Press
Photo by the Associated Press

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday advised nationals to not visit the city of Batangas in the Philippines following a volcanic eruption in the area two days ago.

Taiwanese travelers should also avoid going to the nearby city of Tagaytay, a popular tourist destination that overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas Province that provides views of the Taal Volcano, MOFA said.

The volcano spewed an ash plume one kilometer above the crater last Sunday and lave began to flow from it the next day, which has led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

According to the website of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the situation at Taal Volcano has been raised to Alert Level 4, meaning that "hazardous explosive eruption" is possible within hours to days.

The massive ash fall impacted the Philippine capital of Manila, which is about 60 kilometers from the volcano, the ministry said.

In the event of an emergency, Taiwanese visitors to the Southeast Asian country are encouraged to contact the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines for assistance.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)

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