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LOOK: Areas affected by Taal volcano's eruption

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Posted at Jan 14 2020 03:37 AM

At around 1 p.m. on January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the country, erupted.

A phreatic eruption spewed ash up to 14 kilometers high with the ashfall reaching Calabarzon, Metro Manila, and parts of Southern Luzon. 

Its last recorded eruption, which was also phreatic in nature, was some 43 years ago. 

The eruption forced the cancellation of work and school in the affected areas and the suspension of all flights to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday night until the following morning.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has declared Alert Level 4 which means that a hazardous eruption is possible within days.

Here are some scenes from the affected areas.

Lighting strikes as a column of ash and smoke erupts from Taal volcano on Sunday. Domcar C. Lagto, ABS-CBN News

A fountain of lava escapes from Taal volcano on Sunday. Paul Quiambao, ABS-CBN News

This handout photo taken and received on January 12, 2020 courtesy of Renz Lejarso Guevara shows ash from Taal volcano (not pictured) in the air, as seen against a church in the foreground in the town of Taal in Batangas. A volcano near the Philippine capital Manila spewed a massive cloud of ash into the sky on January 12, forcing the precautionary evacuation of thousands of residents, authorities said. Handout Courtesy of Renz Lejarso Guevara via AFP

An ash column from erupting Taal Volcano looms over Tagaytay city on Sunday. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 100 meters into the sky. Francis R. Malasig, EPA-EFE

Villagers take shelter inside a church during an eruption of Taal Volcano, in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on Sunday. Francis R. Malasig, EPA-EFE

People buy face masks from a vendor outside a drug store in Mandaluyong on Sunday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The windshield of a bus along Ayala Avenue is covered with ash on Sunday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ashfall after the eruption of the Taal volcano is seen in Tagaytay City, Cavite, on Monday in this picture obtained from social media. Jerome Austria Abuan via Reuters/cite>

Tagaytay Picnic Grove is covered in mud and ash on Monday after Taal volcano erupted the day before. Kat Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Residents clean ash from their vehicles from Taal Volcano's eruption on Monday in tagaytay, Cavite. The small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down. Aaron Favila, AP

Residents living near the erupting Taal volcano evacuate in Lemery, Batangas City on Monday. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Evacuating residents living at the foot of Taal volcano unload their belongings from an outrigger canoe while the volcano spews ash as seen from Tanauan town in Batangas on Monday. The Philippines was on alert January 13 for the "explosive eruption" of a volcano south of Manila, which officials said could be imminent after a massive column of ash forced a halt to flights at the capital's main airport. Ted ALjibe, AFP

A man washes his horse as Taal Volcano erupts in Balete, Batangas on Monday. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

A bird is covered in ash after a volcano eruption in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on Monday. Mark R. Cristino, EPA-EFE

Pineapples, one of the main produce of the area, is covered in ash. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Residents start to clean up their houses in Tagaytay city a day after Taal volcano’s initial eruption. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Residents wait to be rescued at the Talisay City hall as evacuation efforts continue on Monday morning. Thick ash covered Talisay and other municipalities near Taal Volcano, a day after it spewed ash. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Residents wait to be rescued at the Talisay City hall as evacuation efforts continue on Monday morning. Thick ash covered Talisay and other municipalities near Taal Volcano, a day after it spewed ash. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Passengers gather at the check-in area of NAIA Terminal 1 in Parañaque City as the capital’s main airport resumed partial operations on Monday morning. All flights were suspended overnight starting Sunday evening due to ashfall after Taal Volcano in Batangas erupted. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

People clean their belongings and livestock in Barangay San Jose in Tagaytay city, a day after the initial eruption of Taal volcano. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Locals walk amongs mud and ash in Tagaytay. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A family evacuates from the town of Talisay, Batangas on Monday. Lisa Marie David, ABS-CBN News

Residents clean their roofs of ash a day after the initial eruption. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Residents evacuate to safer grounds as thick ash blankets the municipality of Agoncillo, Batangas on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A resident walk past fallen trees in Talisay, Batangas on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Koring, a 57 year old Cacao farmer rinses ash fall from his plants in Talisay on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A man who chose to stay in his house even as others have evacuated Barangay Banadero in Talisay, Batangas on Monday tends after livestock. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Military personnel secure a residential area in Talisay. Batangas on Monday night following a mandatory evacuation of the area as Philvolcs raised the danger to alert level 4. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Smoke billows from Taal volcano as boatmen make their way to the shore after visiting their fish farms in Talisay on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A view of the Taal volcano from Talisay, Batangas on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News