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article imageTV reporter trapped in erupting Taal Volcano in the Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Jun 18, 2010 in Environment
A TV reporter of Global News Network (GNN), operated by Destiny Cable, was trapped near the crater of Taal Volcano in Batangas province, about 30 miles south of Manila. He was rescued by Coast Guard officials.
Taal Volcano is an active volcano and is currently in mild eruption stage. Authorities have advised residents in the outlaying areas to evacuate to safer grounds.
Yahoo news reports:
A radio report quoted Lt. Commander Troy Cornelio, chief of the Philippine Coast Guard-Batangas, as identifying the TV reporter as Joshua Garcia of the Global News Network (GNN).
Cornelio said Garcia and his crew sought his office’s permission at about 10 a.m. to trek through communities in the vicinity of the volcano to check up on Barangay Tabla and interview its residents.
The Coast Guard official granted the TV crew's request. The Coast guard chief, however, was unaware that Garcia was planning to go further into the volcano.
Authorities reported Garcia went down near the crater of the erupting volcano but could not come up due to the steep terrain in the area.
After about five hours, Garcia was rescued by Coast Guard officials.
PHIVOLCS, a government agency monitoring Taal and other active volcanoes in the country, raised the volcano status to Alert Level 2(scale is 0-5, 0 referring to No Alert status) last June 8, which indicates the volcano is undergoing magmatic intrusion which could eventually lead to an eruption. PHIVOLCS reminds the general public that the Main Crater remains off-limits because hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur, along with the possible build-up of toxic gases. Areas with hot ground and steam emission such as portions of the Daang Kastila Trail are considered hazardous.
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