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Living near a volcano: a chubutense in the Philippines

Leandro Oscar Zunzunegui lives a year ago in the Philippines. The Chubutense teacher tells what it's like to live a few kilometers from an erupting volcano.

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Of the possible scenarios for living outside the country, being close to an active volcano should be the most frightening. However, Leandro resides a year ago in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, 62 kilometers away from the Taal Volcano. He visited him on one of his walks and said that, although he is distant, the ashes have already arrived and that the lava is expected to move. Recently it has begun to spit lava and ashes, and more than 16 thousand people have been evacuated. The Chubutense stressed the speed of action of the National Council for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction. The agency has already issued an alert to each inhabitant on how to act in the face of the eruption of ashes.

A young man with experience in volcanoes

Zunzunegui was born in Esquel. He is an English teacher and works in an international company that offers different services to other companies. He speaks four languages fluently: Spanish, English, Portuguese and Japanese. He is the son of the renowned family of the entrepreneur and producer of sweets and spirits “Momi's”.

“ The 2008 experience at Esquel serves me to be here now, how move and what measures to take. The alert is now on level 4. He volcano already erupted and is expected even to do it again and skip the lava,” explained Leandro.

All Argentines remember the eruption of Chaitén Volcano in 2008. The one that almost completely destroyed the city of Chaitén in Chile, and violently reached the city of Esquel. It was the most violent eruptive event recorded in the neighboring country since the eruption of Quizapú Volcano in 1932. The image of the imposing 30 km high ash column was engraved in the collective memory.

Volcán Taal, Filipinas.
The Taal Volcano, in the Philippines, is one of the most dangerous in the world and also one of the main international tourist destinations .
Volcán Taal, en Filipinas.
Crater of Taal Volcano, Philippines.

Small but dangerous

Taal Volcano is an active volcano located on the west coast of Luzon Island in the Philippines. It is located in Talisay and St. Nicholas in Batangas. It has erupted 33 times since 1572, causing loss of life in the populated areas surrounding the lake.


Publication Date: 03/02/2020

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