Monthly Archives: January 2020

Volcano Erupts in Philippines

TAGAYTAY, PHILIPPINES – JANUARY 12: Lightning strikes as a column of ash surrounds the crater of Taal Volcano as it erupts on January 12, 2020 as seen from Tagaytay city, Cavite province, Philippines. Local authorities have begun evacuating residents near Taal Volcano as it began spewing ash up to a kilometer high Sunday afternoon. The Philippine Institute of of Volcanology and Seismology has raised the alert level to four out of five, warning that a hazardous eruption could take place anytime. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
Sunday afternoon the volcano Taal just south of Manila erupted and threw ash a mile into the sky. Prevailing winds pushed the ash north onto metro Manila and led to all sorts of disturbances. Only a few people showed up in our Manila offices yesterday, and several of my employees live within 15 km of the volcano. Lots of ash fell in Cavite and Batangas. Even worse, the government is expected Taal to erupt violently at any time, spewing more ash, lava, mudslides, tsunami, etc. Mass evacuations are underway.
Taal Erupts Sunday Afternoon
Taal Sunday Afternoon
Lava Fountains Spotted Sunday Night
As it was Sunday afternoon, and Taal is a picturesque volcano near metro Manila, the area was full of tourists visiting the area. Taal is located on an island in the middle of Taal Lake. I have been there sightseeing many years ago, it is was a beautiful spot.

The Seed Jar

I caught this amazing story on Radiolab this week. It is actually a story I heard years ago now, probably 2014 or thereabouts. It is an amazing story about friends, objects, history and time. One of the main characters, Craig Childs, is an author and he blogged about the same story right here. Radiolab is one of the great ones. So many episodes are great, but one of my favorites is on YouTube – Dinopocalypse. I love the grungy jam at the end of the episode.

Hiker Dies In Fall At Talofofo Caves

At 2:00 this afternoon I was headed down to Jeff’s Pirates Cove for Mick Pexa’s memorial when I was stopped heading down the hill from Talofofo by the cops. They had traffic closed off and I could see multiple emergency vehicles at the Talofofo Caves trailhead. I knew immediately what had happened: A hiker fell down one of the caves. The largest caves in the Talofofo Caves group are enormous pit caves, and the area is completely undeveloped. It would be very easy to fall down one of those caves, and today, someone did:
A man died Saturday morning after he fell 100 feet inside a Talofofo cave, according to the Guam Fire Department.
GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly reports that it happened just before 11 a.m. A Caucasian man estimated to be 50 to 60 years old fell while climbing inside the cave.
I checked the schedule in the post below, and yes this was the regular Saturday morning Boonie Stompers whose schedule I repost quarterly. My thoughts go out to not only this poor man, but everyone involved. You know, one of the things I remember about Mick Pexa was going on these Saturday Boonie Stomps and he would occassionally attend as well. Here’s a Youtube video posted by KUAM News with the story: