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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 | 20:00

Volcanic eruption update (14 January 2020)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Philippines

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) maintains Alert Level 4 over Taal Volcano.

Three road sections have been temporarily closed around the volcano and more than 600 flights cancelled due to the ash fall. Partial power interruption were also reported in seven towns within and near the 14-kilometre danger zone. Several towns, including some cities in Metro Manila, have suspended classes and work.

159 evacuation centres have been set up and approximately 9,000 families are estimated to have been displaced. Hazards related to the volcanic activity include base surges, ash falls and ballistic projectiles, lava flows, tsunamis and flooding, landslide, fissures and subsidence

The volcano’s recent activities are characterised by continuous eruption of the main crater due to magmatic and hydrovolcanic activities. As of 0100 hours local time today (14 January), a total of 212 volcanic earthquakes had been recorded in the area. Such intense seismic activities signifies continuous magmatic which may lead to further eruptions.

Civil aviation authorities are strongly advised to command aircraft to avoid the volcano’s surrounding airspace. However, in Manila, about 60-km away from the volcano, improvements on air quality and visibility have been observed and the city’s airport yesterday resumed partial operations.

Total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and areas at high risk within a 14-kilometre radius is urged. Nearly half a million people are estimated to be within the danger zone.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at [email protected]

Attempt to resume operations
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Calaca, Philippines

As at 0900 hours today (14 January) Taal Volcano is still at Alert Level 4. However, the number of tremors being felt in the area has lessened and ash fall was significantly reduced.

With this development, the port will attempt to resume NORMAL OPERATIONS effective 1200 hours today. Tanker vessels that do not use ship’s gear and can unload quickly will be accommodated first. However, the consignee will be required to submit contingency plans and will be ordered to pull-out in case an Alert Level 5 and/or a strong earthquake takes place.

For cargo vessels that use ship’s gear, be on standby. The port will issue updates and advisories for possible docking as the situation further improves.

(For information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at [email protected])

Source: Calaca Industrial Seaport Corp. Port Advisory No.2020-002 issued at 0900 hours local time on 14 January 2010

Port cleared for tropical cyclone
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Port Lambert, Australia

Severe Tropical Cyclone Claudia continues to move over open waters to the northwest of Pilbara, and is expected to continue to track towards the west-southwest. It is likely to start weakening later today (14 January).

Port Lambert port has been cleared and is waiting for weather conditions to improve for berthing. Anchorages are open for expected vessel arrivals, but currently full. All vessels are being directed to Anchor at C1.

Rio Tinto Shipper has advised that sea/swell conditions are not favourable for berthing. Vessels will struggle to stay alongside without tug assistance, so all berthing have been cancelled until further notice.

For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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