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Taal 1754 eruption: Will history repeat itself?

May 25, 2015 - 6:00 PM

What would happen if the 6 month long 1754 eruption of Taal Volcano were to happen today? Are we ready?

BASE SURGE HAZARD. This hazard map by Phivolcs shows where base surge from a 1754-like eruption is likely to reach (orange) and the bufferzones that may experience ashfall (yellow). Image courtesy of Phivolcs

Part 1: When Taal Volcano erupted for 6 months

May 23, 2015 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) This May, Rappler commemorates the anniversary of the 1754 eruption of Taal Volcano – it's most destructive so far. The eruption is used as a worst-case scenario by the government.

RIVER OF FIRE. An apocalyptic scene plays out in Taal Volcano for almost 7 months in 1754. Illustration by Mara Mercado/Rappler