A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava at an alarming rate, as authorities warn that an impending eruption might be possible in the upcoming days. During the early hours on Monday, a weak stream of lava begun spewing out of the Taal Volcano, which is located around 45 miles south of Manila. The stream of lava comes after a huge plume of ash led to a mass evacuation of around 8,000 of the population surpluses based in the area.
Taal is considered as the second most active volcano in the Philippines. It is located on a small island in the middle of a lake and is considered as one of the smallest volcanoes in the world. However, despite its smaller size, it is considered extremely active as it records around 34 eruptions in the last 4 centuries.
“Taal volcano entered a period of intense unrest that has progressed into magmatic eruption at 02:49 to 04:28 this is characterized by weak lava fountaining accompanied by thunder and flashes of lightning,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a statement. Authorities forecasted an event of possible “volcanic tsunami” which can be followed by falling debris pushing the water generating huge waves.
On Sunday morning, the volcano emitted a giant plume of ash, which was accompanied by rumbling sounds along with tremors. In totality, 75 earthquakes have occurred in the Taal region. 32 of these earthquakes were ranked 2 and higher on the intensity scale as reported by the Phivolcs. The official records from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that around 450,000 people live within the 14-mile danger radius of the Taal Volcano.
As ash began spewing from the Volcano, residents were asked to wear masks and several residents complained that local shops were beginning to run out of masks later in the day.