Phillipines issues ‘total evacuation’ of area near Taal volcano in face of volcanic eruption

Taal volcano creates its own lightning as it spews ash and volcanic debris into the sky

Philippine authorities have issued a total evacuation of  nearly half a million people near the capital of Manila in face of an eruption from the Taal volcano.

The eruption which took place without any warning started Saturday afternoon in the Philippines where plumes of ash and steam spewed as high as 14 km into the sky.

Taal volcano is the lowest volcano in the world  in terms of height above sea level and it is also considered the smallest volcano in the world.

So far just a little over 16,000 people have been reported as evacuated according to CNN.

 

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The plume from the eruption could be seen extending miles into the sky

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