Taal acting up — Phivolcs

TAAL Volcano in Batangas has been acting up, with 29 volcanic earthquakes recorded over a 24-hour period from Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

A September 26 advisory posted on the Phivolcs web site on Wednesday said the seismic activity shown by Taal “is notably higher than the usual levels, which is generally only five or less events” over a 24-hour period during the volcano’s quiet spells.

But the agency added that this “increase in seismicity at Taal Volcano reflects a low-level episode of unrest” and did not indicate “an impending eruption.”

The quakes, recorded by the Taal Main Crater Seismic Station, included five that occurred between 2:33 to 2:49 a.m. on Tuesday and “were felt at intensities II to III by residents on Volcano Island.”

“These quakes were accompanied by rumbling sounds,” the Phivolcs advisory said.

It said possible precursors of an explosion, “such as increased steam emission, increased temperatures of steam vents and other changes” continued to be monitored.

It also recommended “appropriate vigilance by the public when visiting the island” and that the main crater area remain “off limits because sudden steam explosions may occur or high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate.”

“There are also several fissures traversing the Daang Kastila Trail which, when reactivated with steam emission, are also potentially hazardous to people,” the advisory added.


Sept 27, 2006 | Typhoon “Milenyo”

No classes in Metro Manila, 5 provinces

on Thursday

By Lira Dalangin-FernandezLast updated 06:07pm (Mla time) 09/27/2006

CLASSES at all levels, including post-graduate, in Metro Manila and five nearby provinces will be suspended on Thursday because of typhoon Milenyo (international codename: Xangsane), Malacañang announced late Wednesday afternoon.

The provinces where there will be no classes are Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan.

In a television interview, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said classes might also be suspended on Friday depending on the weather conditions.

The Office of Civil Defense said Milenyo, which blew through the Visayas and Bicol regions Wednesday, had left some 3,400 passengers stranded in various seaports.

With a report from Joel Guinto, INQ7.net


this thing is shit. i got deadlines and i’m dead.

first off is my thesis. we just had an exam last monday and i’m worried my thesis adviser won’t bite what i wrote on those bluebooks. the exam was fairly elementary but since we are such great thesis researchers, we came up with nothing substantial. just flatulence.

second at-bat belongs to my feasibility study. we can’t have a quorum for our meetings and our time is really running out. talk about tight schedules and everyone has ’em. everyone has to prepare for an exam and for another group project. our feasibility study is way out their priorities and that leaves me, to worry about things i can’t handle all by myself.

on the homestretch is our financial statements whiz. we still haven’t computed for our financial ratios and that’s due up tomorrow.

Business Leads

THE family usually consists of one husband and two wives. During the breeding season, they mate every day and the females lay an egg every other day (provided the eggs are removed for artificial incubation).

When they are scared or sense an enemy, they bury their heads on the ground, thinking they are safe.

We are talking of the largest bird in the world—the ostrich. These birds originate mostly from Africa.

Demand for ostrich meat, eggs, leather and feather has been growing rapidly in the world market, and more slowly, in the Philippines. Which is why over the past five years, there has been a sprouting of ostrich farms in the country—from Cagayan de Oro, Nueva Ecija, Valenzuela and Bulacan. –

-excerpt from “Ostrich farming, anyone?”, Published on page B4 of the September 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer