Philippines braces for hazardous volcano eruption as ash and smoke is fired kilometers into sky
Updated: 2020-01-13 07:14:02 KST
A small, but strong volcano in the Philippines has sprayed a massive plume of ash into the skies near Manila.
It has affected nearby residents, airports and schools.
For more on this and other news around the world, let's turn to our Yoon Jung-min.
Jung-min, how the authorities are dealing with the situation?
Mark, a small volcano near the Philippine's capital Manila erupted on Sunday, pumping a massive cloud of ash and smoke into the skies.
As you mentioned, people around the region were evacuated, flights were canceled and schools were shut.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the Taal Volcano, located south of Manila, spewed forth steam, ash and pebbles up to 15 kilometers into the sky.
The institute raised the danger level around the volcano three notches to level 4 out of a maximum of 5.
This means "a hazardous eruption may happen within hours or days".
No injuries or damage have been reported so far, but more than 6-thousand villagers in the danger zone have been evacuated.
Flights at nearby airports, including Manila's international airport, were closed on Sunday because the ash covered the runways.
Government building and schools also closed in affected towns.
Taal is one of the world's smallest volcanoes, but one with strong explosive power.
Authorities also warned of a 'volcanic tsunami' upon a powerful eruption, raising an alert to nearby residents and those in other regions.