Above the Philippine capital, red-hot lava gushed out of Taal volcano, which pumped out an ash cloud that blew 62 miles north to capital Manila, closing its airport. Schools and businesses is shut down but seismologists have warned that the eruption could get worse causing a tsunami. Officials were planning to evacuate hundreds of thousands.
“The speed at which the volcanic activity escalated came as a surprise to us,” said Maria Antonia Bornasa, a senior researcher at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
“We have found magma. It is deep, it has not reached the surface of the earth. We can still expect a dangerous eruption at any time.”
An eruption in the lake could cause a tsunami, authorities warn.
There have been no reports of casualties or major damage so far after the eruption Sunday, but thousands of people have been evacuated from the danger zone in volcano’s vicinity.
Officials at the Philippine government disaster management agency told that more than 24,500 people have already been evacuated.
Some residents could not move out of ash-blanketed villages immediately due to a lack of transport and poor visibility.
Others refused to leave their homes and farms.
“We have a problem – our people are panicking due to the volcano because they want to save their livelihood, their pigs and herds of cows,” mayor Wilson Maralit, of Balete town, told DZMM radio.
“We’re trying to stop them from returning and warning that the volcano can explode again anytime and hit them.”
In Manila, people are encouraged to wear face masks when outdoors.
Schools and Government work are closed in Manila following a government order. The stock exchange has been temporarily suspended and many private companies have also closed down.
On Sunday, 240 flights were delayed at Manila International Airport, but On Monday, flight operations partially resumed.