Ash streams, lava spews: Vivid images after Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines

Joppi/iStock(MANILA, Philippines) — Ash and smoke are continuing to spew from the main crater of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines.

Weak sporadic lava is flowing from the volcano, with steam-laden plumes from the crater reaching 1.2 miles high, according to the Philippines Institute of Volcanology & Seismology.

After the volcanic tremors began on Sunday morning, the crater was erupting a stream of ash and pebbles up to 9 miles in the sky. Since Sunday afternoon, more than 100 volcanic earthquakes have been recorded in the Taal region.

Heavy ashfall and magma movements may lead to a volcanic hazard and further eruptions.

The eruption has caused more than 18,000 people in a 9-mile radius of Batangas province, located about 55 miles south of Manila, to take shelter in evacuation centers.

The hazard level remained at a level 4, indicating that a “hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.”

Schools, federal offices and the Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport were closed as a result of the eruption.

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