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1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)

 
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1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
Nearly 400 metric tons of milkfish were found floating in Taal Lake in the northern Philippines, local officials said today. Talisay Mayor Zenaida Mendoza said that more or less 375 metric tons of milkfish died since Thursday in 84 fish cages in Sampaloc village of the same town in Batangas province. Zeny Macatangay, Municipal Agriculture Officer of Talisay, said that initial investigation disclosed that the fish death was due to “sudden change of water temperature” in the lake where Taal Volcano is located.
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***Update 29/5/2011 20:00 BST***
Wildlife experts have been baffled by the sudden death of more than 800 tons of fish which have rotted on farms in a lake near Taal volcano south of Manila. [link to www.dailymail.co.uk]

***Update 29/5/2011 20:57 BST***
Video of the workers scrambling to collect the tonnes of rotting dead fish and bury them by the truckload:
[link to www.itv.com]

***Update 30/5/2011 19:36 BST***
115 quakes recorded at Taal volcano in 24 hours.
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[link to www.mb.com.ph]

***Update 1/6/2011 20:01 BST***
Another 200 tons of fish found dead in Taal lake.
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[link to www.abs-cbnnews.com]
So thats 1000 tons of dead fish in total since 28/05/2011.

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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
Sounds ready to blow...abombeq1dpanic
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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
which lake?

there are two, i believe

one in the small caldera and one in the large lake of the BIG caldera

if it's the big lake, we're screwed.
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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
holy shit. reading the article and seeing the pic makes me think the water temp must have been in the big lake.
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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
isn't one of the volcano's currently active ..
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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
the small lake is just under a mile in diameter.

would 375 metric tons of fish come from there, or the BIG lake, which measures 13x9 miles?

enquiring minds neeeeeed to know. this is vital info. it would indicate where the magma is rising. if it's under the big lake, well, hi, and thanks for all the fish.

chuckle
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If not will be soon.
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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
the small lake is just under a mile in diameter.

would 375 metric tons of fish come from there, or the BIG lake, which measures 13x9 miles?

enquiring minds neeeeeed to know. this is vital info. it would indicate where the magma is rising. if it's under the big lake, well, hi, and thanks for all the fish.

chuckle
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just to illustrate what I'm on about..

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crater lake is the small lake and taal lake is the large surrounding lake mentioned in the article.. look on google maps.
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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
One of the many that will erupt in the next 3 years...

There are earth quakes happening in areas that haven't had one in generations.

Even USGS is showing that.

Someone needs to create list showing just that.

Locations with seismic activity in the last 6 months that haven't seen a seismic event in 30+ years.

I'll bet 10 moran's without a brian that the list will be substantial.

morans
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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
Nothing out of the ordinary in a volcanic lake they can turn toxic in minutes.
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crater lake is the small lake and taal lake is the large surrounding lake mentioned in the article.. look on google maps.
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i have done. read my replies. i can't see 375 tons of small fish being farmed from a small 1 mile wide lake, can you? perhaps I'm wrong though.

anyway, here's what taal usually does..

''While seismic activity is a common precursor to eruptive activity, another useful indicator at Taal is the temperature of Lake Taal. Before the 1965 eruption began, the lake's temperature rose to several degrees above normal. However, on some eruptions there is no reported increase in the lake's temperature. On some eruptions, the dissolution of acidic volcanic gases into the lake has resulted in the death of large numbers of fish and animals.''

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Sunday, 29 May 2011 05:59
Taal Volcano’s (14.0000°N, 120.9833°E) seismic network recorded ten (10) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. Field measurements conducted on 24 May 2011 at the eastern sector inside the Main Crater Lake showed that the water temperature slightly increased from 32.5°C to 32.8°C, the pH value became more slightly acidic decreasing from 2.83 to 2.67 and the water level increased by 0.04 meter. Results of the ground deformation survey (precise leveling) conducted around the Volcano Island last 26 April - 03 May 2011 showed that the volcano edifice inflated slightly relative to the 05-11 April 2011 survey. Measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas emission rates last 03-04 May 2011 at Taal Main Crater yielded a lower value of 2,057 tonnes per day (t/d) compared with that measured last March 2011 which had a value of 4,750 t/d. However, the obtained value is still higher than the emission rates of 1,875 t/d measured last February 2011.

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Re: 1000 Tons of fish found dead in lake surrounding Taal volcano in Philippines. (28-05-2011)
crater lake is the small lake and taal lake is the large surrounding lake mentioned in the article.. look on google maps.
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i have done. read my replies. i can't see 375 tons of small fish being farmed from a small 1 mile wide lake, can you? perhaps I'm wrong though.

anyway, here's what taal usually does..

''While seismic activity is a common precursor to eruptive activity, another useful indicator at Taal is the temperature of Lake Taal. Before the 1965 eruption began, the lake's temperature rose to several degrees above normal. However, on some eruptions there is no reported increase in the lake's temperature. On some eruptions, the dissolution of acidic volcanic gases into the lake has resulted in the death of large numbers of fish and animals.''

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Sunday, 29 May 2011 05:59
Taal Volcano’s (14.0000°N, 120.9833°E) seismic network recorded ten (10) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. Field measurements conducted on 24 May 2011 at the eastern sector inside the Main Crater Lake showed that the water temperature slightly increased from 32.5°C to 32.8°C, the pH value became more slightly acidic decreasing from 2.83 to 2.67 and the water level increased by 0.04 meter. Results of the ground deformation survey (precise leveling) conducted around the Volcano Island last 26 April - 03 May 2011 showed that the volcano edifice inflated slightly relative to the 05-11 April 2011 survey. Measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas emission rates last 03-04 May 2011 at Taal Main Crater yielded a lower value of 2,057 tonnes per day (t/d) compared with that measured last March 2011 which had a value of 4,750 t/d. However, the obtained value is still higher than the emission rates of 1,875 t/d measured last February 2011.

[link to www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph]
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that's the main crater lake, the small one.

that PH is far too low for fish to survive anyway..

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

so this MUST be about the big lake.

not good.
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hundreds of tons of dead HARDY fish, from admitted temperature rises in a HUGE caldera lake?

we could be in a lot of trouble.
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crater lake is the small lake and taal lake is the large surrounding lake mentioned in the article.. look on google maps.
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i have done. read my replies. i can't see 375 tons of small fish being farmed from a small 1 mile wide lake, can you? perhaps I'm wrong though.

anyway, here's what taal usually does..

''While seismic activity is a common precursor to eruptive activity, another useful indicator at Taal is the temperature of Lake Taal. Before the 1965 eruption began, the lake's temperature rose to several degrees above normal. However, on some eruptions there is no reported increase in the lake's temperature. On some eruptions, the dissolution of acidic volcanic gases into the lake has resulted in the death of large numbers of fish and animals.''

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Maybe I misread but the article clearly stated it was taal lake the big lake not crater lake the small one was only trying to clarify. Either way does not sound good more volcano doom
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Sunday, 29 May 2011 05:59
Taal Volcano’s (14.0000°N, 120.9833°E) seismic network recorded ten (10) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. Field measurements conducted on 24 May 2011 at the eastern sector inside the Main Crater Lake showed that the water temperature slightly increased from 32.5°C to 32.8°C, the pH value became more slightly acidic decreasing from 2.83 to 2.67 and the water level increased by 0.04 meter. Results of the ground deformation survey (precise leveling) conducted around the Volcano Island last 26 April - 03 May 2011 showed that the volcano edifice inflated slightly relative to the 05-11 April 2011 survey. Measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas emission rates last 03-04 May 2011 at Taal Main Crater yielded a lower value of 2,057 tonnes per day (t/d) compared with that measured last March 2011 which had a value of 4,750 t/d. However, the obtained value is still higher than the emission rates of 1,875 t/d measured last February 2011.

[link to www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph]
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that's the main crater lake, the small one.

that PH is far too low for fish to survive anyway..

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

so this MUST be about the big lake.
not good.
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I agree, I think it is the big lake too. This snippet says "in a lake near the volcano" [link to www.sfgate.com]
It must be the one surrounding it.
This is the big lake cam ( nightime so you won't see much atm ) [link to www.mycam-asia.tv]
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Sunday, 29 May 2011 05:59
Taal Volcano’s (14.0000°N, 120.9833°E) seismic network recorded ten (10) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. Field measurements conducted on 24 May 2011 at the eastern sector inside the Main Crater Lake showed that the water temperature slightly increased from 32.5°C to 32.8°C, the pH value became more slightly acidic decreasing from 2.83 to 2.67 and the water level increased by 0.04 meter. Results of the ground deformation survey (precise leveling) conducted around the Volcano Island last 26 April - 03 May 2011 showed that the volcano edifice inflated slightly relative to the 05-11 April 2011 survey. Measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas emission rates last 03-04 May 2011 at Taal Main Crater yielded a lower value of 2,057 tonnes per day (t/d) compared with that measured last March 2011 which had a value of 4,750 t/d. However, the obtained value is still higher than the emission rates of 1,875 t/d measured last February 2011.

[link to www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph]
 Quoting: Upsy Daisy


that's the main crater lake, the small one.

that PH is far too low for fish to survive anyway..

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

so this MUST be about the big lake.
not good.
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I agree, I think it is the big lake too. This snippet says "in a lake near the volcano" [link to www.sfgate.com]
It must be the one surrounding it.
This is the big lake cam ( nightime so you won't see much atm ) [link to www.mycam-asia.tv]
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time to find another yacht club i think, old boy?

what what?
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This pic confirms it is the big lake, volcano is in the background [link to www.allvoices.com]

It is pic 10 if it doesn't take you directly to it.

Edit: pic 11 not 10

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This pic confirms it is the big lake, volcano is in the background [link to www.allvoices.com]

It is pic 10 if it doesn't take you directly to it.
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title of article..

'FISHKILL IN TAAL LAKE AFFECTS 5 TOWNS'

there you have it. it couldn't have been the small lake anyway because it is far too acidic, but there's the confirmation.

'A local town agriculturist said the cause of the fish kill was a sudden climate change in the area.'

lol
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Nearly 400 metric tons of milkfish were found floating in Taal Lake in the northern Philippines, local officials said today. Talisay Mayor Zenaida Mendoza said that more or less 375 metric tons of milkfish died since Thursday in 84 fish cages in Sampaloc village of the same town in Batangas province.

Zeny Macatangay, Municipal Agriculture Officer of Talisay, said that initial investigation disclosed that the fish death was due to “sudden change of water temperature” in the lake where Taal Volcano is located.

Alert Level 2 is still in effect over Taal Volcano, with the interpretation that magma has been intruding towards the surface, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. Six volcanic earthquakes were recorded in the past 24 hours near the volcano.


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The point here is not so much these fish, but HERE is the ANSWER to all the DEAD fish in california,

Underground volcanic activity off the pacific coast, the shelf is very steep off the us west coast and volcanic activity deep under water might not be obvious except because of the dead fish.

This means dead cali fish and sharks, etc means,

EARTHQUAKE WARNING!!!!!!!


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This pic confirms it is the big lake, volcano is in the background [link to www.allvoices.com]

It is pic 10 if it doesn't take you directly to it.
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title of article..

'FISHKILL IN TAAL LAKE AFFECTS 5 TOWNS'

there you have it. it couldn't have been the small lake anyway because it is far too acidic, but there's the confirmation.

'A local town agriculturist said the cause of the fish kill was a sudden climate change in the area.'

lol
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and the fact it's affecting five towns as well is another indicator it's not just an isolated plume of hot water that has killed fish, but that the whole lake is heating up. it takes an immense amount of heat to heat a huge lake like that btw, and for it to happen so suddenly as well?
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This pic confirms it is the big lake, volcano is in the background [link to www.allvoices.com]

It is pic 10 if it doesn't take you directly to it.
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title of article..

'FISHKILL IN TAAL LAKE AFFECTS 5 TOWNS'

there you have it. it couldn't have been the small lake anyway because it is far too acidic, but there's the confirmation.

'A local town agriculturist said the cause of the fish kill was a sudden climate change in the area.'

lol
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and the fact it's affecting five towns as well is another indicator it's not just an isolated plume of hot water that has killed fish, but that the whole lake is heating up. it takes an immense amount of heat to heat a huge lake like that btw, and for it to happen so suddenly as well?
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Lets hope they start heeding warnings they were given several weeks ago to get the hell out of there.
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Doesnt sound good...
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Wow, the whole eco-system is going down..
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crater lake is the small lake and taal lake is the large surrounding lake mentioned in the article.. look on google maps.
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i have done. read my replies. i can't see 375 tons of small fish being farmed from a small 1 mile wide lake, can you? perhaps I'm wrong though.

anyway, here's what taal usually does..

''While seismic activity is a common precursor to eruptive activity, another useful indicator at Taal is the temperature of Lake Taal. Before the 1965 eruption began, the lake's temperature rose to several degrees above normal. However, on some eruptions there is no reported increase in the lake's temperature. On some eruptions, the dissolution of acidic volcanic gases into the lake has resulted in the death of large numbers of fish and animals.''

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Maybe I misread but the article clearly stated it was taal lake the big lake not crater lake the small one was only trying to clarify. Either way does not sound good more volcano doom
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yeah, you're right, taal lake is in the article. this is big news I think.

to heat ONE litre of water 1 degree C takes 4180 joules of energy

how much energy to heat that entire lake enough to kill very hardy fish?
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Of course it's the big lake.

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A description of the 1754 eruption:

The 1754 eruption

Taal Volcano's greatest recorded eruption occurred in 1754 which lasted from May 15 to December 1. The following is the narrative account of Fr. Buencuchillo, parish priest of Sala, and stationed at Taal at that time:
On May 15, 1754, at about 9 or 10 o'clock in the night, the volcano quite unexpectedly commenced to roar and emit, sky-high, burning flames intermixed with glowing rocks which, falling back upon the island and rolling down the slopes of the mountain, created the impression of a large river of fire. During the following days there appeared in the lake a large quantity of pumice stone which had been ejected by the volcano. Part of these eject had also reached the hamlet of Bayuyungan and completely destroyed it. The volcano continued thus until June 2, during the night of which the eruption reached such proportions that the falling ejecta made the entire island appear to be on fire, and it was even feared that the catastrophe might involve the shores of the lake. From the said 2nd of June until September 25, the volcano never ceased to eject fire and mud of such bad character that the best ink does not cause so black a stain. During the night of September 25, the fire emitted was quite extraordinary and accompanied by terrifying rumblings. The strangest thing was, that within the black column of smoke issuing from the volcano ever since June 2, there frequently formed thunderstorms, and it happened that the huge tempest cloud would scarcely ever disappear during two months. At daybreak of September 26 we found ourselves forced to abandon our dwelling for fear lest the roofs come down upon us under the weight of ashes and stones which had fallen upon them during that hapless night. In fact, some weaker buildings collapsed. The depth of the layer of ashes and stones exceeded two "cuartas" (45 centimeters), and the result was that there was neither tree nor other plant which it did not ruin or crush, giving to the whole region an aspect as if a devastating conflagration had swept over it. After this the volcano calmed down considerably, though not sufficiently to offer any prospect of tranquility. During the night of November 1, Taal resumed its former fury, ejecting fire, rocks, sand, and mud in greater quantities than ever before. On November 15, it vomited enormous boulders which rolling down the slopes of the island, fell into the lake and caused huge waves [note(added by Saderra Maso): The waves mentioned were most probably due to the earthquake rather than to the falling rocks]. The paroxysms were accompanied by swaying motions of the ground which caused all the houses of the town to totter. We had already abandoned our habitation and were living in a tower which appeared to offer greater security; but on this occasion we resolved that the entire population retire to the Sanctuary of Casaysay, only the "Administrator" and myself to remain on the spot. At 7 in the evening of November 28 occurred a new paroxysm, during which the volcano vomited forth such masses of fire and ejecta that in my opinion, all the material ejected during so many months, if taken together, would not equal the quantity which issued at the time. The columns of fire and smoke ascended higher than ever before, increasing every moment in volume, and setting fire to the whole island, there being not the smallest portion of the latter which was not covered by the smoke and the glowing rocks and ashes. All this was accompanied by terrific lightning and thunder above, and violent shocks of earthquakes underneath. The cloud of ejecta, carried on by the wind, extended itself toward west and south with the result that we saw already some stones fall close to our shore. I, therefore, shouted to all those who were still in the town to take to flight and we all ran off in a hurry; otherwise we would have been engulfed on the spot; as the waves of the angry lake began already to flood the houses nearest to the beach. We left the town, fleeing this living picture of Sodom, with incessant fear lest the raging waters of the lake overtake us, which were at the moment invading the main part of the town, sweeping away everything they encountered. On the outskirts of the town, I came upon a woman who was so exhausted by her burden of two little children and a bundle of clothing that she could proceed no farther. Moved by pity, I took one of the toddlers from her and carried him, and the little indio who has been wailing while in the arms of his mother, stopped short when I took him into mine and never uttered a sound while I was carrying him a good piece of the way. Having reached a secure place on elevated ground at a distance of about half a league (2 kilometers) from the town, we halted in a hut to rest a little and take some food. From this spot the volcano could be contemplated with a little more serenity of mind. It still continued in full fury, ejecting immense masses of material. Now I also observed that the earth was in continuous, swaying motion, a fact which I had failed to notice during the excitement and fear of the flight. Shortly afterward the volcano suddenly subsided almost suddenly; its top was clear and apparently calm. We, therefore, returned on the following day, the 29th, to the town with the intention of surveying the havoc wrought during the preceding night. The 29th had dawned calm, but while we were still trying to persuade ourselves that the tragedy was over and the volcano had exhausted its bowels, at about 8 o'clock, we heard a crash and then I noticed that smoke was rising from the point of the island that looks towards east. The smoke spread very gradually as far as the crater of the volcano, while there were many whiffs issuing from points in the direction of another headland. I realized that the island had opened in these places and fearing that, if a crater should open below the water, an explosion might follow, much more formidable than the preceding ones, I mounted a horse and retired permanently to the Sanctuary of Caysasay. Between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the said 29th, it began to rain mud and ashes at Caysasay [12 miles from the volcano] and this rain lasted three days. The most terrifying circumstance was that the whole sky was shrouded in such darkness that we could not have seen the hand placed before the face, had it not been for the sinister glare of incessant lightnings. Nor could we use artificial light as this was extinguished by the wind and copious ashes which penetrated everywhere. All was horror those three days, which appeared rather like murky nights and we did not occupy ourselves with anything but see to it that the natives swept off the roofs the large quantities of ashes and stones which kept on accumulating upon them and threatened to bring them down upon us, burying us alive beneath their weight. But fearing that even these precautions might prove unavailing, we 3 Europeans - viz. Fr. Prior, the Alcalde, and myself - the only ones who were at the time in the Convento of Caysasay, took refuge on the landing of the stairs; as the safest place, and awaited there whatever God might dispose with regard to us. To all this was added incessant thunder and lightning, and it really looked as if the world was going to pieces and its axis had been displaced. During the night of the 30th we had not a moment of repose, as every moment we heard the loud crush of houses collapsing under of stones, mud, and ashes piled upon them, and feared that the turn of the convento and the church of Casasay would come in next. Shortly before daybreak of December 1 there was a tremendous crash as if the house were coming down on our heads: the roof of the apse of the church had caved in! Not long afterward, the roof of their kitchen gave away with a thud. Both were tile roofs. The first of December broke somewhat clear and our eyes contemplated everywhere ruins and destruction. The layer of ashes and mud was more than 5 spans [1.10 m] thick, and it was almost a miracle that the roof of the church and convento sustained so great a weight. We caused the bulk of the material to be removed, while new continued to fall on that day and the following, on which latter the direction of the wind changed, carrying the ejecta toward Balayan. On the 3rd and 4th we had a formidable typhoon, and thereafter the volcano quieted down. Soon afterward I resolved to visit my town of Taal; nothing was left of it except the walls of the church and convento. All the rest, the government house, the walks of the rope factory, the warehouse, everything was buried beneath a layer of stones, mud, and ashes more than 10 spans [2.20 m] thick; only here and there could be seen an upright post, the only remnant of a comfortable dwelling. I went down to the river and found it completely filled up, with a boat belonging to the alcalde and many of private persons buried in the mud. After incredible efforts I finally succeeded in unearthing in what had once been the church and sacristy, the chests which contained the sacred vestments and vessels. Nearly all of them were demolished by the rocks and beams which had fallen upon them, and filled with foul-smelling mud that had ruined or disfigured their contents. With the aid of some natives of Bauang, I likewise recovered some property from among the ruins of the convento. Twelve persons are known to have perished - some carried away by the waves of the lake, others crushed beneath their collapsing houses. Thus the beautiful town of Taal remains a deserted wilderness and reduced to the utmost misery, while once it was one of the richest and most flourishing places. In the villages to the west of the lake, which were the greater and better part, all the houses have either collapsed under the load of material which had been piled upon them or have disappeared completely, swept away by the waves which in these places were so violent that they dug three ditches or channels, too wide and deep to be forded, and thus rendered impassable the road which joins the town with Balayan. In other parts of the lake shore have likewise opened many cracks and occurred very extensive slides. The worst of all is, that, the mouth of the river Pansipit having been blocked, the lake is rising and invading the towns of Lipa and Tanauan, both being on the lowest level, and inundating their buildings. All the animals of whatever kind have perished, some by being buried, others by drowning, the rest by starving, as not a green blade remained anywhere. The same fate as Taal has befallen the towns of Lipa, Tanauan, and so much of Sala as still existed. These towns, together with Taal, lay around the lake, being situated within easy reach of it, and less than one league [4 kilometers] from the volcano. The bulk of the population left this neighborhood and settled in more distant places. Thus out of 1200 taxpayers whom Taal contained formerly, hardly 150 remain in the poorest and least respectable villages, which suffered little from the rain of ashes.
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