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    #WalangPasok: Class suspensions Friday, January 17

    MANILA, Philippines – Classes in some areas are suspended on Friday, January 17 as Alert Level 4 still in effect over Taal Volcano or "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days."

    Residents flee their homes in Lemery, Batangas due to ashfall
    Residents flee their homes in Lemery, Batangas due to ashfall | Twitter/Jeff Canoy

    Local government units ordered suspension of classes to prioritize safety of students.

    Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said in 5:00 p.m. update today that Taal Volcano’s activity in the last eight (8) hours has been generally characterized by weak emission of steam-laden plumes 800 meters high from the Main Crater that drifted to the general southwest.

    Here’s a running list of class suspensions for January 17, 2020 (refresh page for the updates):

    Batangas province - all levels (public and private)

    Cavite province - all levels (public and private)

    Laguna
    • Calamba - all levels (public and private)
    • Biñan City - all levels (public and private)
    • Santa Rosa City - all levels (public and private)
    • San Pedro City - all levels (public and private)
    • Cabuyao City - preschool to senior high school (public and private)

    SCHOOL

    NOTE: Some schools are being used by LGUs as evacuation center for those affected by Taal eruption.

    PHIVOLCS strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk areas as identified in the hazard maps within the 14-km radius from Taal Main Crater and along the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed.

    Residents around Taal Volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall.

    — The Summit Express

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