From behind the screen of a smartphone, the ashfall that’s resulted from Taal Volcano’s eruption might seem harmless—just a thick mist of dust and dirt piling onto cars and rooftops here in Metro Manila.
Harmless? It’s anything but.
There’s a reason the Department of Health (DOH) and other government services are warning the public to take caution when dealing with the stuff, recommending the use of N95 face masks and even protective eyewear if possible. On a microscopic level, ashfall can damage your lungs and irritate eyes, and its sheer weight can cause some structures to collapse. This is serious.
Now, just imagine what areas closer to the actual crater are dealing with. You know what? Scratch that. Since you’re on your smartphone already, just take a look at some of the images of the ashfall’s immediate aftermath circulating online:
As we said, this is serious stuff. In case you or anyone you know is in an emergency situation, here’s a list of government emergency services you can contact: