I-Witness enters the danger zone of Taal volcano; Alert Level 2 raised by Phivolcs


Howie Severino talks with residents living in the permanent danger zone of Taal volcano for the April 25 episode of I-Witness.


PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:


"Children frolicking on the shore while their parents haul in another bountiful catch of fish found only in Taal Lake. It’s an idyllic scene that can now be obliterated in a few moments.

"Taal Volcano is one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is acting up again causing multiple tremors that crack walls clear across the lake to the mainland. Alert Level 2 has been raised by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or PHIVOLCS; and the entire volcano island has been declared a permanent danger zone. Hence, authorities have been urging the residents of Volcano Island to evacuate, convinced that the volcano is ready to blow. Yet many refuse to leave, afraid of losing their livelihood.

"I-Witness host Howie Severino and his documentary team enter the danger zone on the island to see what’s at stake. They discover that in addition to the island residents, many live in floating houses on the water surrounding the island and may be even more at risk in case of an eruption.

"The team also learns about the history of Taal’s eruptions, visits ruins from past cataclysms, and realizes that a major eruption will not only kill many but could rearrange one of the country’s most famous landscapes.

"Join Howie Severino as he comes face to face with those who insist on living within the permanent danger zone. Don’t miss I-Witness this Monday, April 25, after Saksi, on GMA-7."

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