See all that dirt settling on top of the cars parked outside on the street? That’s not dust. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the past few hours, you’ll know that it’s volcanic ash from this afternoon’s Taal Volcano phreatic eruption.
Now, just imagine how areas closer to the volcano are having it. Keep in mind this ashfall is potentially dangerous stuff, more so when you encounter it while you’re behind the wheel on account of its tendency to pile up on your windshield and limit—if not completely eliminate—road visibility.
One person has taken it upon himself to help motorists in Tanauan City, Batangas, cope with the sudden ashfall. Equipped with nothing more than a baseball cap, face mask, and water hose, Rogelio ‘Roger’ Villa climbed onto a parked van’s roof and began spraying ash off the windshields of passing cars. Look:
The post, which has garnered more than 34,000 likes and 19,000 shares on Facebook as of this writing, is proof good Samaritans don’t necessarily have to roll into a disaster on board a hardcore 4x4 filled with relief goods. Sometimes, all it takes is initiative.
So, how are you guys dealing with the ashfall so far? Hopefully, you’ve all found a safe place to park and wait it out. Drive safe out there.