• Short Summary

    THE VOLCANIC ISLAND OF TAAL IN THE PHILIPPINES CONTINUES TO SHOOT OFF SMOKE AND STEAM AT SHORT INTERVALS AFTER IT ERUPTED ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 28).

  • Description

    THE VOLCANIC ISLAND OF TAAL IN THE PHILIPPINES CONTINUES TO SHOOT OFF SMOKE AND STEAM AT SHORT INTERVALS AFTER IT ERUPTED ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 28). THE ERUPTION BROUGHT DEATH TO MORE THAN 600 ISLANDERS AND CAUSED THE EVACUATION OF MORE THAN 60,000 PEOPLE. TAAL - A SCENIC ATTRACTION POPULAR WITH TOURISTS - AND - ADJOINING ISLETS WHICH LIE IN A LAKE 50 MILES SOUTH OF MANILA, IS NOW UNDER WATER AND ASH, IN SOME ABOUT 66 FEET DEEP.

    THE ERUPTION -- AFTER HALF A CENTURY OF SMOULDERING PEACE -- CAME IN THE EARLY HOURS OF TUESDAY MORNING AS ISLANDERS SLEPT AMID THE LUSH COCONUT PALMS. THE TREMENDOUS EXPLOSION SHOCK THE ISLAND AND ROCKS ASHES FELL LIKE RAIN.

    ALL INHABITANTS ON THE LAKES AND COASTAL AREAS HAVE BEEN EVACUATED. EVACUATION CENTRES SET UP AROUND THE DISASTER AREA, PRESENT A PITIFUL PICTURE AS REFUGEES STREAM IN, MANY WITH BURNS ALL OVER THEIR BODIES AND WITH ONLY THE CLOTHES THEY HAD ON WHEN THE ERUPTION BEGAN.

    MEANWHILE, SEARCH PARTIES OF THE TAAL ISLAND ARE SEEKING HUNDREDS OF BODIES FEARED BURIED UNDER THE MUD AMID WARNINGS BY VOLCANOLOGISTS THAT A MAJOR NEW ERUPTION COULD COME AT ANY MOMENT.

    TAAL VOLCANO, ONLY A FEW FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL, ERUPTED VIOLENTLY IN 1911, KILLING 1,300 PEOPLE AND DESTROYING SOME 2,000 SQUARE MILES OF RICH COCONUT PLANTATIONS. PRIOR TO THIS, ITS MOST VIOLENT ERUPTION WAS RECORDED IN 1754.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5H9C4VQ3432A0HH12SPS3NVGE
    Media URN:
    VLVA5H9C4VQ3432A0HH12SPS3NVGE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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