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Turning Taal volcanic ash into bricks to rebuild infrastructure

Bricks made from Taal volcanic ash lined outside a company in Binan. Photo: Reuters

Binan mayor Walfredo Dimaguila asked residents to clear the ashes covering homes, cars and streets, then put them in sacks and send them to a local state-owned company to produce them. brick house.

According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), after mixing Taal volcanic ash with plastic, they obtained a very durable brick. This facility can produce up to 5,000 bricks per day.

Brick will be used to rebuild schools damaged by the wake of the Taal volcano – one of the strongest volcanoes in the Philippines – last weekend.

Many buildings in the lakeside town near Mount Taal, about 70 km from Manila, have been destroyed by the dense amount of ash that collapsed roofs and fallen trees. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. Some people are not even sure if they have a home to return to.

“When Batangas recovers, we will bring bricks to rebuild schools and community halls, so we can return what Taal has brought,” Mr. Dimaguila said of the locality where Mount Taal is located.

Watch video volcanic ash covering fields, farms in the Philippines. Source: SCMP

Earlier, on January 12, the Taal volcano in Batangas province, about 90 km south of Manila, woke up when spraying steam and 1,000-meter-high water vapor and ash into the air. Authorities also recorded several earthquakes of magnitude 1 to 3 that caused some villages near the volcano to shake slightly.

Taal is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 33 eruptions in history. The most recent eruption of this mountain was in 1977. According to the Philippine Volcano and Earthquake Research Institute (Phivolcs), Taal volcano has moderate to high geological activity since March 28, 2019. . The smallest volcano in the world is also a tourist destination, attracting many visitors thanks to its beautiful scenery.

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