NILINAW ni Science and Technology Undersecretary at Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Officer in Charge Renato Solidum Jr. na hindi mula sa Taal Volcano ang smog sa Metro Manila.
“The smog in Metro Manila is simply pollution from vehicle and industrial emissions. The volcanic plume from Taal is blown towards the northeast and not to Metro Manila,” diin ni Solidum.
“The haze in Metro Manila is from the ground up and noticeable especially in the morning and along major roads,” paliwanag pa ng opisyal.
Una nang nagbabala ang Phivolcs sa mga naninirahan malapit sa Taal Lake na mag-ingat sa sulfur dioxide gas emissions mula sa bulkan.
Sa tala, nasa 4,330 tonnes kada araw ang inilalabas na sulfur dioxide ng bulkan.
“Protect yourself. Cover nose, ideally with an N95 facemask. Drink plenty of water to reduce any throat irritation or constriction,” payo ng Phivolcs.
“If belonging to the particularly sensitive group of people above, watch over yourself and seek help from a doctor or the barangay health unit if needed. If serious effects are experienced, call the doctor or the barangay health unit,” dagdag pa nito.