Mga Litrato Mula sa ‘Great Eruption’ Ng Taal Noong 1911, Kumakalat sa Internet
Photos of Taal Volcano’s ‘Great Eruption in 1911 Emerge on the Internet: The eruption claimed the lives of a staggering 1,335 lives and injured 199.
Batangas is now under a state of calamity following Taal Volcano’s Eruption yesterday. Residents in three neighboring towns were evacuated in fear that the eruption might worsen and bring forth a larger scale of calamity in the coming days. Face masks are already out of stock, as a large cloud of ash cover the entirety of Batangas and other nearby areas. Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste said the provincial council approved the declaration that would allow the local government to tap emergency funds and freeze prices of basic goods.
For 54 years, Taal has been silent and the favorite destination of many tourists and locals alike. After the majestic Mayon Volcano, Taal Volcano has brought in a lot of tourism and commerce, making Batangas one of the best provinces to visit when in the Philippines. However silent Taal has been in the past decades, its history of eruption caused so much damage and many deaths. The most notable eruptions were in 1754 and 1911.
On the 27th night January of 1911, the seismographs at the Manila Observatory commenced to register frequent disturbances, which increased rapidly in frequency and intensity. The total recorded shocks on that day numbered 26. During the 28th there were recorded 217 distinct shocks, of which 135 were microseismic, while ten were quite severe. It was definitely a major eruption, which claimed the lives of a staggering 1,335 lives and injured 199.
Except for the elders in Batangas, not many people know about the eruption, thinking that the said volcano has been silent all these years. Ten years after the eruption, no changes in the general outline of the island could be discerned at a distance. On the island, however, many changes were noted. The vegetation had increased; great stretches that were formerly barren and covered with white ashes and cinders became covered with vegetation. Check the 1911 photos captured by the National Geographic magazine below:
References “The National Geographic Magazine: an Illustrated Monthly, Volume 23,” published 1912 in the United States of America.