Taal Volcano may seem a lot calmer (on the surface at least), as compared to when it first erupted last January, 12 Sunday. However, that doesn't mean that an even bigger and possibly deadlier eruption won't happen anymore. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) still has Alert Level 4 raised in areas surrounding the volcano. If you didn't know, Alert Level 4 means “Hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days”.
To keep people in the area safe from a possible larger eruption of Taal, the government put several towns in Tagaytay and Batangas on lockdown, preventing residents from returning home. Because of the lockdown, six major roads were also affected and are currently unpassable at the moment. The six affected roads are as follows: Palico Balayan Road (Lemery section), Talisay-Tagaytay Road, Tagaytay-Taal Lake Road, Tanauan Talisay Laurel Road, Lemery-Agoncillo Laurel Road, and Diokno Highway (Lemery section).
Those going to Balayan or Nasugbu and areas surrounding are advised to use the National road via Laguna, Cavite, Tagaytay, Nasugbu roads and vice versa instead. Once the lockdown has been removed though, all of the national roads listed above will be passable once more.
Planning to be head up to the area for rescue, donations or to help in the relief efforts? Better be careful. Even though some roads are still passable and not affected by the lockdown, cracks and fissures have been observed in some towns and have even affected some of the roads. According to PHIVOLCS, this could be a sign that magma is rising underground and possibly leading to an eruption sometime soon.