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DW News 14 Jan 2020

Philippines Taal volcano: Major eruption brewing

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It could happen at any time and it could be extremely dangerous. Authorities in the Philippines fear the Taal volcano, which is close to the capital Manila, is about to erupt. The government raised threat levels after the volcano began spewing ash and lava. So far some 30,000 people have fled their homes. But nearly half a million residents remain in the danger zone.


Authorities in the Philippines are warning that a volcano near the capital could be on the verge of a dangerous eruption. The Taal Volcano, about 60 kilometers south of Manila, began spewing ash and lava on Sunday. Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in a region where earthquakes and eruptions are a daily part of life. Manila's international airport was temporarily closed and tens of thousands have fled, while others are refusing to leave their homes and farms.
In the Philippines, tens of thousands of people are still fleeing the erupting Taal volcano. Many of the villages is the surrounding region are covered in a layer of ash. Authorities are warning that a massive eruption could happen at any time. The volcano is about 70 kilometers south of capital Manila in the middle of a lake. Rescue teams have been working round the clock to get people to safety. DW's Ana Santos joined one of the missions.
Thousands flee Taal volcano eruption in Philippines as ash shuts Manila airport

A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava, as authorities warn that a "hazardous eruption" is possible "within hours or days".

In the early hours of Monday, a weak flow of lava began seeping out of Taal volcano - located some 70km (45 miles) south of the capital Manila.

It comes after it emitted a huge plume of ash, triggering the mass evacuation of 8,000 people from the area.

Taal is the Philippines' second most active volcano.

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