National Geographic : 1912 Apr
as not a green blade remained 4 anywhere. o "The same fate as Taal has befallen the towns of Lipa, Tan auan, and so much of Sala as still existed. These towns, to gether with Taal, lay around the - lake, being situated within easy £ reach of it and less than one ° league [4 kilometers] from the ... volcano. The bulk of the popu c lation left this neighborhood and a settled in more distant places. =c Thus out of 1,200 taxpayers, "i whom Taal contained formerly, 1'u hardly 150 remain in the poorest . E and least respectable villages, z a which suffered little from the § rain of ashes." S'- This eruption caused the final , abandonment of the sites of the 4 old towns of Taal, Lipa, Tan §X auan, and Sala and the reestab F g lishment of the first three in new z0 and safer places. The sites of U i these old towns are shown on o a the map on page 314. > In this instance the period of d-e 1 activity lasted from the 15th of .J May until early in December. o.- c The titanic energies emanating S.. from this volcanic center were S apparently then temporarily ex > - t hausted, and there followed a o period of quiet lasting until 2 . March, 1808, when there oc < d curred an outburst which did a- much damage to neighboring < towns, owing to the great quan bo tity of ejecta. In the vicinity of b the volcano there were places " g where the ground was covered With "ashes" to a depth of some 33 inches. This eruption is said to have modified profoundly the form of the principal crater. The next serious disturbance occurred on July 19, 1874, when S there was an eruption of gases S and "ashes" which killed all the o live stock on Volcano Island and a withered or burned the vegeta S tion on the western slopes of H the crater.