As Australia is being devastated by uncontrollable bushfires, the Philippines was just hit by another natural disaster. Taal Volcano located on the big island of Luzon erupted January 12, 2020, reportedly sending ash and steam up to 6-9 miles into the sky. With the alert level of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) escalating from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 4, it is now believed that "a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days."

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology ordered an evacuation in the towns of Balete, San Nicolas and Talisay in Batangas and other towns within the shores of Taal Lake. As people watched in awe and terror, some managed to snap pictures of the erupting volcano. The images show the smoke and ash rising from the mouth of Taal, reaching high up in the sky. Due to this, the Manila International Airport Authority was forced to suspend all flights to and from all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Unfortunately, numbers aren't stacked in the residents' favor as a more severe explosive eruption seems to be just moments away and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs issued a situation report stating that an estimated number of 459,300 people are within the 14 km danger zone.

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Taal Eruption

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Night Owl
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4 months ago

Beautiful, fascinating and terrifying at the same time

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Super Hero Fan Girl
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4 months ago

Amazing freaking wedding photo.

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Monika Soffronow
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4 months ago

This is a stunningly beautiful and fascinating photo, awe-inspiring and light-hearted at the same time. Well done!

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#4

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Desiré Yen
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4 months ago

Looks like a head of a dragon, scary!!

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#5

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Natasha Forchione
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4 months ago

Da Dammm!!! O_O

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#6

Taal Eruption

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Kelley Shy
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4 months ago

I don't recall ever seeing red lighting.

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#7

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Monika Soffronow
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4 months ago

Ashes that are spewed high up into the stratosphere can affect the climate: https://eos.org/research-spotlights/volcanic-ash-contributes-to-climate-cooling

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#8

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Rowlie
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4 months ago

Looks like a character from Cats

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#9

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Sharon Sprenger
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4 months ago

Another dragon head - so cool

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#10

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John Kamau
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4 months ago

The pic seems taken from the skies... The aerosols can damage the plane's structural integrity, especially the engine, and potentially down it.

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#11

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Phart
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4 months ago

DON'T piss off Ororo Munro!!

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#12

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Christian Clamonte
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4 months ago

The Mind Flayer - Stranger Things

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#13

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Night Owl
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4 months ago

Looks like a bad black-and-white photo but is actually volcanic ash

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#14

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

If only even a small fraction of the energy released tould be harvested!

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#15

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

A nope-cloud, just like the many similar-looking ones we have seen in photos of the horrendous bushfires in Australia.

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#16

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Lynn Nicholas - Author
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4 months ago

And life goes on, oblivious to the power of the planet we live on and the skies above us.

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#17

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Sunny San Diego
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4 months ago

It's Lorax.

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#18

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Angela Homan
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4 months ago

Heckling of the gods

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#19

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Ed Souza
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4 months ago

vape naysh

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#20

Taal Eruption

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like it blasted its dome off, though it’s probably just smoke and ash clouds.

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#21

Taal Eruption

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Andy Little
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4 months ago

"Here's a picture of one of the wildest things in nature - but mainly look at me"

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#22

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

Wonder how deep in the earth the particles that make that color come from.

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#23

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Pamela Blue
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4 months ago

And to think according to them, it is only just clearing its throat. It has yet to actually "blow". Scary thought.

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#24

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AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
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4 months ago

pretty in the sun a monster in the night

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#25

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Huw Ellis
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4 months ago

At lerast 6 faces in this cloud

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#26

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Bien Cordingley
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4 months ago

A monster's face

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#27

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Kathy Baylis
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4 months ago

Lightning or flames?

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#28

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

Another picture that looks like it blasted its dome off (like Mt St Helens—-look at before and after pics)

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#29

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Kathy Baylis
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4 months ago

What makes the colors and shapes in the middle of the bottom?

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#30

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Huw Ellis
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4 months ago

All these photos are awsome and amazing, I just pray that all the people nearby are safe.

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