Evacuation of thousands living nearby the Taal volcano, located on the island of Luzon, south of the capital Manila, was ordered in Philippines. The volcano erupted without warning.
Rumbling sounds and tremors and a giant plume of ash announced an imminent major eruption. Continuous eruption generated ash plumes 6 to 9 miles above the crater, spewing ashes "as far as Quezon City."Authorities raised the alert level. Flights were suspended at Manila's international airport because of the volcanic ash. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also warned residents living nearby of a possible "volcanic tsunami." Residents were advised to wear masks to protect against ash. Taal is one of the world's smallest volcanoes. It has recorded at least 34 eruptions in the past 450 years.
Viewed from the Tagaytay Ridge in Cavite, Taal Volcano and Lake presents one of the most picturesque and attractive views in the Philippines. Taal Volcano's greatest recorded eruption occurred in 1754. In another eruption, in 1911, the solid matter ejected had a volume of between seventy million and eighty million cubic meters. The eruption claimed a reported 1,335 lives and injured 199, although it is known that more perished than the official records show.