Taal Volcano in the Philippines Erupts for First Time in 40 Years in Stunning Electric Display


The Taal volcano has started erupting on Sunday, January 12, 2020, ejecting a large column of ash and prompting the evacuation of nearby communities.

Volcanic lightning hit the ash plume, making the sight even more menacing.

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Tall volcanic eruption with volcanic lightning. Picture via Twitter video

Another erupting volcano ‘goes electric’! The phreatic eruption is the first since 1977. And several volcanic lightnings hit the center of the ash column over the Tall volcano near Manila, Philippines.

The alert level was raised from ‘abnormal’ (level 2) to ‘magmatic unrest’ (level 3), suggesting that the volcano might spew some lava.

The electric eruption happened after the level of seismicity increased in the area over the past few months.

The plume, first, white, darkened shortly afterwards, showing the presence of volcanic ash.

Few minutes after the eruption, ash fell on nearby communities, prompting the evacuation of more than 8,000 people in the direct vicinity of Taal.

Officials asked people living around the Taal lake to look for water disturbances and high waves.

Flights have also been suspended.

The greatest recorded eruption of the Taal occurred in 1754 and lasted for nearly eight months in a row. Its deadliest blast occurred in 1911, killing over 1,3000 people and destroying all settlements around the lake. Similar headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [RT]

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