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Acid rain possible due to Taal vog — DOST

By: Jean Mangaluz - Inquirer.net | September 22,2023 - 07:30 PM

Smog in Metro Manila not from Taal Volcano – Phivolcs, DENR

INQUIRER file photo / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / GRIG MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — Acid rain can occur following the volcanic smog or vog from Taal volcano, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato Solidum said on Friday.

“Ang Kamaynilaan, kung umulan ng malakas, ay nawa-wash down yung mga pollutants kaya napapaigi,” he said.

(In Metro Manila, if the rain is intense, it can wash down pollutants, and the situation becomes better.)

“Pero siyempre, pagdating naman sa bulkan, iba naman ang nangyayari doon. Pwede rin ma-wash down yan, pero kung maliit-liit po yung patak ng tubig, yung paghalo ng asupre sa tubig, nagkakaroon ng acidic rain,” he said in ‘Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon’ briefing.

(But of course, when it comes to the volcano, something different is happening there. It can still get washed down, but if the raindrops are tiny, the sulfur mixed with water results in acidic rain.)

Solidum said this condition can burn a person’s skin and cause damage to plants.

Taal volcano has been releasing vog, which has coincided with the smog in Metro Manila.

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