Deaths and injuries due to sudden eruption
of volcanoes have increased in recent times. While
efforts to understand the mechanisms behind sudden
eruptions is underway, it is important to understand the
perceptions and response of people on this hazard. This
paper seeks to understand the residents, horse guides,
and tourists’ perceptions on the hazards of sudden
volcanic disasters in Taal volcano, their response and
willingness to engage in mitigation initiatives. Results
reveal that volcanic rocks of all sizes are the least
known hazard among respondents as well as differences
in responses on various sudden volcanic disasters. There
is also a willingness to use and invest in mitigation
actions within reasonable means.
Keywords : Perception; Response; Sudden Eruptions, Volcano.