Talha Ali, National President AMA Inc. Philippines

January 21, 2020

More than 700 families (3000+ individuals) in different evacuation centers who were evacuated due to Taal volcanic activities received relief items from Humanity First Philippines.

The relief items consisted of food items, water filters, hygiene kits, medical aid, utensils and other emergency needs. Humanity First Philippines is a non-denominational relief organization and a sister organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

According to the volcano erupted on the afternoon of January 12, 2020, 43 years after its previous eruption in 1977. According to PHIVOLCS director Renato Solidum, a phreatic eruption was first recorded at around 1 pm Philippine Standard Time (UTC+8). Loud rumbling sounds were also felt and heard from the volcano island. By 2:30 pm, PHIVOLCS raised the alert status to Alert Level 2 after a stronger explosion was recorded around 2 pm. It was followed by an even stronger explosion by around 3 pm that spew an ash column measuring 100 meters, prompting PHIVOLCS to upgrade the alert status to Alert Level 3 by 4 pm. Furthermore, Solidum confirmed that there was a magmatic intrusion that is likely the cause of the volcano's phreatic eruptions on Sunday morning and afternoon.

PHIVOLCS ordered an evacuation in the towns of Balete, San Nicolas, and Talisay in Batangas and other towns within the shores of Taal Lake. By 7:30 pm, PHIVOLCS upgraded the alert status to Alert Level 4 after volcanic activities intensified as "continuous eruption generated a tall 10 to 15 kilometres (6.2 to 9.3 mi) steam-laden tephra column with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on the general north as far as Quezon City and Caloocan." Ashfall from the volcano were also experienced in Cavite and Laguna, and reached as far as Metro Manila and Pampanga.