Located on Luzon Island, the Taal volcano started erupting around 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, Jan. 12 (4:30 a.m. EST, 0930 GMT), as per the statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“On Jan. 12, 2020, the Himawari-8 satellite captured an image of the Philippines during the aftermath of Taal Volcano’s first volcanic eruption in over forty years,” NOAA officials wrote in a statement. “Eruptive activity, which has been occurring since 5:30 p.m. local time on Jan. 12, has generated steam-laden plumes up to nine miles tall, causing travel disruptions and extreme weather events in and around the vicinity of its location in Volcano Island, south of the archipelago’s capital city of Manila.”
Officials believe it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Thousands of people living around the area have fled away leaving their homes and lands. The Philippine government is encouraging for immediate evacuation.
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