IN PHOTOS: Compilation of images during the 2020 Taal Volcano eruption


On the evening of January 12, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised to Alert Level 4 for the Taal Volcano eruption—warning affected areas that a hazardous eruption is imminent.


A good samaritan lending out a hand to ash-coated passing cars in Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas. (Marj Jorie)
Agoncillo, Batangas covered in ash (/Manila Bulletin)
A dog left out on the muddy streets. (ctto/Twitter)
A volcanic lightning streaks through the ash plume produced by the eruption of Taal Volcano. (Jerome Pedro/rappler)
Evacuating residents in Talisay, Batangas (/Philippine Weather System)
(/Philippine Weather System)
A netizen showing how thick the ashes were. (Elaine April Medina-Camarillas /Facebook)
People’s park in Tagaytay covered in thick ashes following the spew of Taal volcano. (Jerome Austrian Abuan /Facebook)
Street vendors feeding the evacuees in Polytechnic University of the Philippines for free. (/rappler)
Road in Agoncillo, Batangas (/Rappler)
Residents cleaning up an ash-coated cow in Taal lake after rescuing them in Bignay, Batangas. (/Philstar)
Rooftops in Toledo, Silang, Cavite were also covered in thick ashes as of 11 AM, January 13. (Dave Carlo de Guzman)
A small eatery is providing free food to evacuees. (Stephen Racaza/Philstar)
Aside from people, rescuers are also evacuating animals. (ctto/Twitter)
Amid the sudden price hike of facemasks, this guy generously gives away masks for free. (Karmela Dasig Ramos/Facebook)
A house at the foot of the volcano crater buried in ashfall in Pulo Island, Batangas. (Iloysa Ocampo/Manila Bulletin)
Nothing left. 2 days after the eruption of Taal Volcano these residents went back to salvage whatever’s left, found out that the “entire island—houses buried, animals dead, coconut trees spliced into halves.” (Maricar Cinco/Inquirer)


LIST: What and where to send donations for Taal evacuees 



Around three thousand families or a total of 16,000 individuals are now in evacuation centers, according to Batangas Provincial Capitol officials as of January 13.

For donations, several Local Government Univets and Non-profit Organizations are gathering donations, including the following:

  • Philippine Red Cross – click here to know more how to donate
  • University of the Philippines – Baguio, Diliman, Manila, and Los Baños
  • Alfonso, Cavite LGU – contact MSWD Head Gina Vedan at +63 (917) (803) (1253)

Items needed:

  • Facemasks
  • Canned goods/Noodles/Ready-to-eat food
  • Bottled water
  • Sleeping mats
  • Mosquito nets
  • Blankets
  • Clothes

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