Philippines: Ashfall, Asthma and Aspirations
“Start with a bang,” they say. And so we did. Taal Volcano erupted in January, after 43 years of peaceful slumber. The eruption spewed steam and tons of ashes 9 miles into the air, which descended all over the southern Tagalog provinces, parts of Metro Manila, and reaching some parts of Central Luzon. Classes were suspended, work schedules were disrupted, and flights were cancelled. 40,000 people were forced to evacuate from the towns around the volcano.