LEMERY, Philippines – A fissure on the National Highway in Barangay Sinisian East in Lemery, Batangas, caught residents by surprise.
On Tuesday morning, January 14, they noticed a hairline crack on the pavement. By noon, a hand could fit in the rift, with one side gradually sinking.
Local authorities closed off one lane of the highway, and it caused heavy traffic. They blamed it on the constant tremors caused by the rumbling of nearby Taal Volcano.
But that’s not the end of the problem. The fissure extended from the ridge of Taal Lake, all the way to a neighborhood right by the highway.
Evacuees who came to check on their homes found a heartbreaking sight: their houses falling apart. – Rappler.com
JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.