Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sulfur Spews from Taal



In January 2020, the volcano in the Philippines spewed lava and emitted hazardous amounts of volcanic ash fall and gases.
Texas A&M AgriLifeIn January 2020, the Taal Volcano awoke from 43 years of quiet and spewed lava and ash, filling streets and skies of the Philippine island of Luzon with fine ash fall and volcanic gases. The eruption caused tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and forced the closure of several key roads, businesses, and an airport.
The volcano first unleashed a steam-driven explosion (known as a phreatic eruption) on January 12. In the early morning of January 13, eruptive activity increased and the volcano emitted a fountain of lava for about an hour and a half. According to the Philippine Seismic Network, at least 144 volcanic earthquakes have been recorded since January 12, suggesting continuous magmatic activity underneath Taal and potentially more eruptive activity.
According to news reports, the eruption of Taal lofted ash fall up to 14 kilometers (9 miles) into the air. The eruption was accompanied by intense thunder and lightning above the summit. Winds carried volcanic ash fall north across Luzon.
“The plume is probably comprised mostly of water droplets,” said Simon Carn, a volcanologist at Michigan Tech. Taal has a crater lake, which provides plenty of surface water to be drawn up during the eruption. “There may be some volcanic ash but in such ‘wet’ plumes volcanic ash can be difficult to detect as the ash particles are often covered by liquid water.”
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Asbestos Removal Los Angeles: Caution and Costs



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Asbestos Removal Basics

It’s a two-step process. First, have the material tested to make sure it contains asbestos. Then, have it professionally removed. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Contact your regional asbestos program as well as your state asbestos administrative department or your Occupational Safety and Health Administration regional office to find out about local requirements and regulations.
  • Seek out accredited asbestos inspectors and contractors who are licensed and trained in safe asbestos testing and removal.
  • To avoid conflict of interest, have suspect materials tested by one company and abatement or removal done by another company.
  • Be prepared--in some cases, you and your family may have to temporarily relocate while the work is being completed.

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