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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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Impressive

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Jeff
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful and terrifying all at once

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Super Hero Fan Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful destruction

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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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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful yet terrifying.

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Taal Eruption

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
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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#8

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

Looks like a character from Cats

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#9

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Sharon Sprenger
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1 year ago

Another dragon head - so cool

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#10

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Amy Maxwell
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1 year ago

Looks like Zeus gazing down

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Phart
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1 year ago

DON'T piss off Ororo Munro!!

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#12

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Sharon Sprenger
Community Member
1 year ago

The gates of hell have opened

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#13

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Night Owl
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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

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Lynn Nicholas - Author
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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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Super Hero Fan Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful

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#18

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Angela Homan
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1 year ago

Heckling of the gods

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#19

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Another mushroom cloud.

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#20

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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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Bean59
Community Member
1 year ago

she looks so pretty, even from the back.

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#22

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Bien Cordingley
Community Member
1 year ago

A monster's face

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#27

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Lightning or flames?

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#28

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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

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#30

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Robert F Elliot
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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