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When nature strikes back (The fury of Taal Volcano)

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Just recently, the Taal volcano has released its fury. Here are the details of its eruption.. (from Wikipedia)

The volcano erupted on the afternoon of January 12, 2020, 43 years after its previous eruption in 1977.[5] According to PHIVOLCS director Renato Solidum, a phreatic eruption was first recorded at around 1 pm Philippine Standard Time (UTC+8).[6] Loud rumbling sounds were also felt and heard from the volcano island. By 2:30 pm, PHIVOLCS raised the alert status to Alert Level 2 after a stronger explosion was recorded around 2 pm.[7] It was followed by a stronger explosion by around 3 pm that spews an ash column measuring 100 meters, prompting PHIVOLCS to upgrade the alert status to Alert Level 3 by 4 pm.[8][9] Furthermore, Solidum also confirmed that there was a magmatic intrusion that is likely the cause of the volcano’s phreatic eruptions on Sunday morning and afternoon. PHIVOLCS ordered an evacuation in the towns of BaleteSan Nicolas and Talisay in Batangas and other towns within the shores of Taal Lake.[10][11] By 7:30 pm, PHIVOLCS upgraded the alert status to Alert Level 4 after volcanic activities intensified as “continuous eruption generated a tall 10 to 15 kilometers (6.2 to 9.3 mi) steam-laden tephra column with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on the general north as far as Quezon City and Caloocan.”[12] Ashfall from the volcano were also experienced in Cavite and Laguna and also reached as far as Metro Manila and Clark International Airport.[13][14][15]

On Monday, January 13, PHIVOLCS reported that the volcano emitted a Strombolian type of eruption between 2:48 is to 4:28 am.[16] A lava fountain was recorded at 3:20 am.[17]

Because of this happening, my social media account was filled with images and requests for prayers for the Philippines especially those affected by this natural event. I just remembered the saying “Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa” translated as ( God gives mercy to those who help themselves ). Praying all together to God without ceasing may help to grant His Mercy to us.

When God created Man and Woman, He gave us dominion in all of the Earth, including nature. Genesis 1:28 said, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

God has commanded us to take care of the earth including mother nature but we are not listening. Humanity continued to destroy instead of protecting His gifts to us. According to https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060062893 there is a big connection with a volcanic eruption and Global Warming. Global warming is already a problem created by humans. Global warming causes natural disasters such as Volcanic Eruption because of industrialization and improper use of natural resources.

Let us continue to pray for MERCY without ceasing.   Lord, please hear our Prayer.

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