LOOK: 3-km crack opens in Batangas as Taal rumbles

Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2020 11:56 AM | Updated as of Jan 14 2020 08:22 PM

LEMERY, Batangas — A crack in the road about 3 kilometers long opened along a national highway and damaged several houses here on Tuesday, as Taal Volcano threatened to erupt. 

The crack in Barangay Sinisian East was first spotted by authorities on Monday, a day after Taal belched an ash column that reached Metro Manila, said village chairwoman Teresa Atienza.

Photo by Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News

But after several quakes spawned by the volcano, the crack lengthened Tuesday, from a mountainous area to a seaside residential area, where it damaged at least 20 houses, she said.

Several cracks extended from the main feature, lifting the road's asphalt in some areas, video from ABS-CBN News showed. 

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State seismology institute Phivolcs has yet to check the cracks, as of this posting, Atienza said. She also urged motorists to avoid the area. 
Taal, which sits in the center of a picturesque lake south of the capital, is under the second highest danger level, which means a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days," said Phivolcs.