January 13, 2020.
TAAL Volcano south of the Philippines’ capital Manila yesterday sent an eruption plume a kilometre above the crater, leading to evacuation orders for an estimated 8,000 people from three towns in Batangas.
Taal last exploded in 1977.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the volcano, on an island on Lake Taal, is showing a fast escalation in volcanic activity and could erupt lava within weeks.
The volcano is the country’s second-most active volcano, one of the world’s smallest and has recorded at least 34 eruptions in the past 450 years.
Flights to and from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been suspended.
According to Malaysia Airlines, three flights from Kuala Lumpur were affected yesterday. The airline will adjust its flight operations when necessary, it said in a travel advisory.
AirAsia too will suspend and cancel domestic and international flights to and from NAIA.
Guests travelling over the next few days are encouraged to check their flight status at airasia.com/flightstatus.