• Short Summary

    THE UNPREDICTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF PHILIPPINES' TAAL VOLCANO HAS LED TO THE EVACUATION OF 13,000 ISLANDERS TO GOVERNMENT CENTRES.

  • Description

    THE UNPREDICTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF PHILIPPINES' TAAL VOLCANO HAS LED TO THE EVACUATION OF 13,000 ISLANDERS TO GOVERNMENT CENTRES. THE ON-AND-OFF ERUPTIONS OF THE VOLCANO CONTINUE TO MYSTIFY VOLCANOLOGISTS.

    OVER 2,000 FAMILIES HAVE BEEN MOVED INTO EVACUATION CENTRES IN TAGAYTAY CITY, SOUTHWEST OF MANILA. THEY CAME FROM HOMES IN TOWNS JUST OPPOSITE THE VOLCANO.

    THE EVACUEES ARE BEING CARED FOR BY THE RED CROSS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. FOR SOME HOUSEWIVES WHO PREFER HOME COOKING TO TINNED FOODS, A COMMUNAL KITCHEN HAS BEEN SET UP AT ANOTHER CENTRE. OTHERS ARE ENGAGED IN EMBROIDERY WORK.

    TAAL VOLCANO, A SCENIC ATTRACTION POPULAR WITH TOURISTS, LIES IN THE MIDDLE OF A LAKE SOME 45 MILES (70 KMS) SOUTH OF MANILA. EXCEPT FOR A VOLCANOLOGY TEAM WHICH VISITS IT DAILY FOR OBSERVATIONS, THE ISLAND IS DESERTED.

    TAAL EXPLODED LAST SEPTEMBER AFTER 54 YEARS OF INACTIVITY, KILLING 200 PERSONS. ONLY A FEW FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL IT ERUPTED VIOLENTLY IN 1911, KILLING 1,300 PEOPLE AND DESTROYING SOME 2,000 SQUARE MILES (5,100 SQUARE KMS) OF RICH COCONUT PLANTATIONS. PRIOR TO THIS, ITS HOST VIOLENT ERUPTION WAS RECORDED IN 1754.

    THE CURRENT ERUPTIONS APPEAR TO BE BUILDING UP TO A DEVASTATING EXPLOSION WHICH COULD UNLEASH STRONG EARTHQUAKES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA84ZR4ACGT2SEJC4O5A5U8SFGT
    Media URN:
    VLVA84ZR4ACGT2SEJC4O5A5U8SFGT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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