Natural Disasters

Taal Volcano in the Philippines exploded again last week. It also erupted on Jan. 15, 2020. The volcano was still spewing smoke when we had lunch there one month after the eruption.

It’s the smallest volcano in the world. The volcano’s mouth is the one protruding from the lake. Can you see it ?

Photo below was taken in 2014 .

About 100, 000 were evacuated before the eruption last week.

The eruption last year destroyed large banana, coffee, pineapple, and flower farms. On a positive note, it will make the land around the volcano very, very fertile.

Once again, volcanic ash will envelop Manila.

The Philippines is a country the size of California ( actually, smaller ) but has 300 volcanoes, 53 of which are active. It belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire, and its volcanoes rank as the most deadly and costly in the world. Nice.

The biggest eruption in 20th century also happened in the Philippines in 1991. ___Mt.Pinatubo’s. It was the only eruption that penetrated the stratosphere____ and lowered the earth’s temperature by .5 C.

When it comes to natural disasters, the Philippines is truly a favorite punching bag of nature. It has only 2 seasons____ wet and dry____ Wet is from June to November. The country is visited by at least 20 typhoons every year, with at least 5 being very destructive. Typhoon Yolanda ( Haiyan ) in 2013 was the most destructive so far. It was a Super Typhoon that was off the charts. A 220 km/hour or 135 miles/hr. is a Super Typhoon , a category 5 storm. Yolanda was 195 miles/hour or 312 km/hr.

The Philippines is said to be “the most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. ”

Super Typhoon Haiyan Beelines for the Philippines | Climate Central
File:Late 2006 Philippine typhoon tracks.png - Wikimedia Commons

29 responses to this post.

  1. Love the beautiful photographs.Thank you very much.Take care.🌹🙏😊


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  3. I miss Subic Bay US Navy base in 1976 Then the Volcano’s ashed it out 🌄🌋 in the 80’s 😢


  4. I’m from the Midwest, and just having one typhoon/hurricane hit just boggles my mind since trees go down and power goes out and all that just from 50 mph gusts. But to have that many… just wow. Just amazing how powerful and destructive nature can be.


    • Krytallina, I witnessed it myself when I was there in 2014 August. And it was just a mini typhoon, but the sound of the storm was so scary. It kept me awake all night. And the power outage lasted a week. That’s why candles are so important in the Philippines, lol. We were there on vacation, so one week was wasted. We couldn’t go anywhere. But I noticed Filipinos just shrugged it off. It is what it is, I guess ?


      • Wow! I mean, we have our weather quirks in the Midwest, but for me, that’s one thing I’d never want to get used to.


        • No one can ever get used to natural disasters, but for a country that bears the brunt of disasters at least 20x a year, believe me, they’ve gotten used to it. I saw it myself____ after that scary storm , I was amazed to see our neighbors picking off the debris , sweeping, etc, the whole morning, by afternoon, the streets looked like the storm never happened.


    • But we have tornadoes here in the US, especially in the Midwest.


  5. When one has seen a volcanic eruption at relatively close range – it is a “weird thought” – to understand it by the time becomes fertile land. Was in Iceland a few weeks ago and saw active outbursts and heard the same thing about how it rurns by time. Up there, the devastation isn’t like the ones you mention – there it’s mostly damaging roads.


    • It is weird, isn’t it ? I guess the eruption in Iceland is slow, slow slow burn like the one in Hawaii.


      • Yes it’s so weird to see. You’re right, the icelandic eruptions are slow, mostly, some years ago there was an eruption which made huge volcano cloud. So all planes in western Europe were cancelled and grounded. But mostly the icelandic eruptions are both slow and not much airborne. Besides many of them are close to the Atlantic Sea with extremely rapid violent cooling as a result.


        • Mt. Pinatubo and Taal Volcanoes are like that of Mt.Vesuvios in Italy….. they volcanoes spew out pyroclastic ash that will kill, then bury everuthing in its path, like what happened in Pompeii, Italy.


  6. Hello Ren. (It’s actually weird to call you Ren because I am now called Ren here in Japan lol). It’s been a while. I think I have a picture of the volcano when I was starting blogging in WordPress. Even if I moved, I am still covered by the Ring of Fire and typhoons too. Take care!


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