Taal residents brave eruption to rescue pets, livestock

Concerned citizens and residents from communities surrounding the Taal volcano danger zone are returning to tend or even rescue the pets and livestock left behind.

Despite warnings of an imminent and more dangerous eruption, concerned citizens are returning to the Taal volcano danger zone to tend to or even rescue the pets and livestock left behind.

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Aside from these pet and livestock owners, volunteers from groups such as the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Animal Rescue PH, and Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation returned to the danger zone to rescue not only dogs and cats but horses and other livestock.

In the volcano island, despite warnings issued by authorities, volunteers were able to ferry some of the animals to safety.

As of Friday morning, the Philippine seismic network registered more than 600 volcanic earthquakes since Sunday.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the intense seismic activity likely signifies continuous movement of magma beneath the volcano, which may lead to more eruptive activity.

Meanwhile, PHIVOLCS posted an advisory saying Alert Level 4 remains in effect over the volcano, which means an explosive eruption is still possible in the coming days.

Although no human casualties have been reported since the eruption on Sunday, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Batangas reports that more than 130,000 individuals have been affected by the eruption of Taal volcano.