The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says eruptions have started from the ‘Tall’ volcano near the Philippines’ capital Manila.
A large amount of steam and ash were released from the volcano yesterday (January 12). Authorities have quickly removed thousands of people from the area for security. Manila International Airport is closed.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in the incident.
The Philippine Institute of Vulcanology and Seismology says the steam, ash, and gravel of the tala volcano has spread in the air for about 10 to 15 kilometers.
“Dangerous explosions can happen within hours or days,” says Renato Solidam, head of the Volcano Institute.
“The highest levels of volcanic hazard are detected,” the institute said, noting that the danger level had reached level 5. That is, dangerous explosions are occurring in volcanoes, and those explosions can affect large areas.
The news agency AP said the light ash covered the runway at Manila International Airport last night. Because of this, the Philippine Civil Aviation Authority has suspended international and domestic flights from there.
Authorities say they are taking steps to remove flights to unused airports outside Manila.
Heavy to light ash cover was also reported in the city a few kilometers away from the volcano. In view of the health risks from ash spreading in the air, the educational institutions in Manila and its surroundings have been closed.
Tall, one of the world’s smallest volcanoes is one of about two dozen living volcanoes in the Philippines. Every year, about 20 typhoons or storms hit the Philippines, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.