Philippines Taal volcano: Authorities warn 'explosive eruption possible within HOURS'

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The volcano is situated south of the capital Manila and shot a plume of ash 1km (0.6 miles) into the sky on Sunday. Towns near the volcano have been evacuated and residents have been taken to safer ground following the volcanic eruption.

This afternoon, the country’s Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST), have raised the alert level from three to four.

Coupled with the announcement released at 12.30pm GMT (7.30pm local time), the agency has warned of possible impending eruptions.

In a statement released by the institute, they said: “DOST-PHIVOLCS is now raising the alert status of Tall from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 4.

“This means that hazardous explosive eruptions are possible within hours to days.

“DOST-PHIVOLCS, strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and additions evacuation of areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within 14km radius from the Taal Main Crater.” 

Residents have also been asked “to take precautionary measures and be vigilant of possible lake water disturbances related to the ongoing unrest.”

Approximately 8,000 residents were at risk and therefore had to be evacuated according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

According to the council, 6,000 people had already been removed from the area by early Sunday evening.

Commenting on the eruption, local resident, Jon Patrick Yen said: “We were having lunch when we heard rumbling.

“We saw the volcano erupting.

“It rained and some small pebbles fell to the ground.

“I did not expect to see such a spectacle.

“We just went by to eat.”

Moreover, the Philippine airport authority suspended flights on Sunday at Manila’s international airport.

They tweeted: “Flight operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been temporarily suspended due to the volcanic ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano.”


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