Residents of Lipa, Batangas woke up to a hazy Monday morning after Taal Volcano belched steam and ash Sunday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised Alert Level 4 over Taal Volcano, warning that the volcano may soon have a “hazardous explosive eruption."
Taal Volcano, a popular tourist attraction set in the center of a picturesque lake, spewed ash, rumbled with earthquakes and exploded with lightning above its crest.
After the ash cloud reached 50,000 feet (15,000 metres) into the atmosphere, aviation officials ordered a suspension of flights to and from the capital's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Authorities initially halted operations at NAIA for a few hours, but later on Sunday announced that flights would be suspended "until further notice". With Agence France-Presse