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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Rowlie
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1 year ago

Impressive

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#2

Taal Eruption

Warren S. Garcia Report

Jeff
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1 year ago

Beautiful and terrifying all at once

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Taal Eruption

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Super Hero Fan Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful destruction

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#4

Taal Eruption

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Pillowhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh shit! Bathala is getting angry and summoning Bakunawa back to the motherland

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#5

Taal Eruption

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Sam Stamp
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1 year ago

Sauron is pissed!!!

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#6

Taal Eruption

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HempFairy
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1 year ago

Beautiful yet terrifying.

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Taal Eruption

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year 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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Taal Eruption

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a character from Cats

Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

Which one is more terrifying?

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Jhon Salazar
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like an angry mufasa to me Lion King or narnia

Jun Reyes
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like the DOTARD trump!

Marika Kāršeniece
Community Member
1 year ago

It' s like from The Lion King when Mufasa showed up in sky!

Brian Stevenson
Community Member
1 year ago

devils face

Lesley Hampton
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a face

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

The face of Beelzebub himself.

Rebecca Bandy
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like the Devil himself !

Marlene Riethmüller
Community Member
1 year ago

Thundercats...

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 year ago

So crazy how it looks like a face...one that is upset...LOL

Cameron Metcalf
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah it does look like someone from cats lol

Barb Mullen
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a devil

Fazee Sean
Community Member
1 year ago

Mufasa in the clouds

Susan Gillet-Hird
Community Member
1 year ago

A devil face was seen in the smoke from the Australian bushfires, now this. It does make one wonder.

Vincent Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

Look at the history of taal volcano I think this is lakan taal

John Kamau
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a scene from Crash of the Titans movie

Wendy Newton
Community Member
1 year ago

Ba'al the storm god!

Suzy Kolevski
Community Member
1 year ago

Mother nature

Terrakian Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago

That ain't MY Momma, unless she been drinkin' again and is pissed off about something. Oh, wait, that IS my Momma. I better get outta here! You didn't see me, K?

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Sunny San Diego
Community Member
1 year ago

Lion King or Sonic the hedgehog, you decide!

Ruth Crough
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a poodle!

Terrakian Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

A RABID poodle... with freakin' SUPER-POWERS.

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EeveeCatStudios YT
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1 year ago

God is scared but he will find a way

JENAVIVE RIVERA
Community Member
1 year ago

it looks like a face duh

Chloe Chiemprabha
Community Member
1 year ago

This is DEFINITELY NOT disturbing at all...

Linda Calderon Santos
Community Member
1 year ago

These look like a face!

Frank Smit
Community Member
1 year ago

It has a face...

Ronaldo Lopez
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like Chewbacca of Star Wars

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
1 year ago

Very scary

Richard Powell
Community Member
1 year ago

This picture says " Dont play with me "

Brigid Danneker
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks photo shopped.

Brigid Danneker
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks like it was photo shopped.

Dave Fergusson
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats the devil from HELL

Anna Yuen
Community Member
1 year ago

Devil in the sky

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a mean human being who is on the road to a complete destruction of our planet.....and she is fighting back!?

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Anna Yuen
Community Member
1 year ago

I see the face. Do you?

Eugene Gregorio
Community Member
1 year ago

The Monkey King returns....

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 year ago

Unbelievable!

Nathan Sente
Community Member
1 year ago

Deep voice in the sky: "Simba"

Leroy Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

that looks like a demon

Teresita Carullo
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a devil's face.

Mark Alvin Jimeno
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like a Hokage from Naruto.

Jimmy Plantilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Uncanny face

Lee Creech
Community Member
1 year ago

Satanic

Sheldon Moody
Community Member
1 year ago

Mufasa

Gladys Coto
Community Member
1 year ago

An angry man😖

Alan Loncto
Community Member
1 year ago

The devil himself!

David Dunn
Community Member
1 year ago

Simba....

Kodwo Amigo
Community Member
1 year ago

The Grinch?

Jane Usher
Community Member
1 year ago

Pele!

Shari Ifill
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow I can see like a wolfman face in this cloud

Katherine Warren
Community Member
1 year ago

Mother Nature is definitely pissed off.

Terrakian Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, well, we HAVE been assholes about not cleaning up after ourselves... ;-)

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Violeta Labuguen
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1 year ago

I remember a myth I heard when I was growing up... According to Filipino myths and legends, Bathala, the creator of everything resides in the sky. He looks over mankind. When his people follow his rules, he is pleased and gives them everything they need. But this powerful deity can also be cruel sometimes, sending lightning and thunder to those who sin against him. Bathala had a son Apolaki who is the sun god. Blackened teeth were considered the standard of beauty. Apolaki becomes disappointed and scolds the people for welcoming “foreigners with white teeth.” When he is upset, and reach a boiling point, he sends out fire from Taal Volcano to punish the people.

Pearl Dela Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

FACE OF ANGRY MAN. OUR HOLY SPIRIT ALWAYS MESSAGE IS " R E P E N T " IN JESUS C. <3

Johnny Capuyan
Community Member
1 year ago

Devil's face

Charlotte Bird
Community Member
1 year ago

This picture has a face in the smoke clouds

Corrine Gurry
Community Member
1 year ago

Ooohhhh, he's mad now!

Diane Quantic
Community Member
1 year ago

Once you see the face, you can't erase it>

Stephen Lyford
Community Member
1 year ago

"Simbaaaa...."

Stephen Lyford
Community Member
1 year ago

"Simba...."

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
1 year ago

PHOTOSHOPPED

Rei Cayetano
Community Member
1 year ago

ngay

Juno Suk
Community Member
1 year ago

thunder Thunder THUNDERCAT! Ho!

Vincent Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

Look at the history of taal volcano I think this is lakan taal

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Clash of the Titans

jaehol
Community Member
1 year ago

Mufasa?

Either Alexander
Community Member
1 year ago

Lion of Judah!

Apple Manuel
Community Member
1 year ago

it looks like a face of a lion...

Enaowyn O'Sirideain
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely looks like the genie has been let out of the bottle in this one.

Roland Ferranco
Community Member
1 year ago

Mufasa

Karen Winegardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahhhh! Demon!

Wily Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

The face of evil.

Margery Penny Youngquist
Community Member
1 year ago

Satan~!!!

Frank Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Photoshopped?

Lynn Nicholas - Author
Community Member
1 year ago

the face of Satan

Rick Werth
Community Member
1 year ago

Pele

BEVERLY MENDHEIM
Community Member
1 year ago

'Aole loa!!!!! (NO!) Perhaps, 'Ai Kanaka, her "husband."

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Alejandro Trevino
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a profile of a crying face with tears droping.

Terrakian Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago

That kind of angry, frustrated crying you get when you can't get across what you NEED someone to know and they're fucking their life up, HARD.

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Oskar Drabikowski
Community Member
1 year ago

Mufasa is angry.

Sharon Sprenger
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonderful shot

Ann Abbott
Community Member
1 year ago

Trump

Terrakian Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, yuck, that pic is NOWHERE that hideous. EEEEWWW.

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Pamela Rofkar
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, is it any wonder why people thought these were the gods doing

Mo Leshone
Community Member
1 year ago

Devil

M.A.D.
Community Member
1 year ago

Mufasa?

Bean59
Community Member
1 year ago

0-0

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#9

Taal Eruption

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Sharon Sprenger
Community Member
1 year ago

Another dragon head - so cool

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#10

Taal Eruption

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Amy Maxwell
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1 year ago

Looks like Zeus gazing down

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Taal Eruption

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Phart
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1 year ago

DON'T piss off Ororo Munro!!

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#12

Taal Eruption

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Sharon Sprenger
Community Member
1 year ago

The gates of hell have opened

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#13

Taal Eruption

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Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#14

Taal Eruption

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#15

Taal Eruption

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year 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

Taal Eruption

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Lynn Nicholas - Author
Community Member
1 year 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

Taal Eruption

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Super Hero Fan Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful

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#18

Taal Eruption

derrickquibael Report

Angela Homan
Community Member
1 year ago

Heckling of the gods

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#19

Taal Eruption

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Another mushroom cloud.

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#20

Taal Eruption

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year 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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Bean59
Community Member
1 year ago

she looks so pretty, even from the back.

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#22

Taal Eruption

derrickquibael Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#23

Taal Eruption

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Pamela Blue
Community Member
1 year 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

Taal Eruption

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AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
Community Member
1 year ago

pretty in the sun a monster in the night

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#25

Taal Eruption

derrickquibael Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Odd shape, especially with a hole in the diamond shape. Calling all volcanologists: what causes something like that?

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#26

Taal Eruption

derrickquibael Report

Bien Cordingley
Community Member
1 year ago

A monster's face

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#27

Taal Eruption

derrickquibael Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Lightning or flames?

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#28

Taal Eruption

happyandbusytravels Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year 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

Taal Eruption

derrickquibael Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#30

Taal Eruption

derrickquibael Report

Robert F Elliot
Community Member
1 year ago

Ye Gods - such mind-boggling power, such terrifying beauty.

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