Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines

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People watch from Tagaytay, Philippines, as plumes of smoke and ash rise from Taal Volcano on Sunday, January 12.

Aaron Favila/AP

Updated 1527 GMT (2327 HKT) January 12, 2020

People watch from Tagaytay, Philippines, as plumes of smoke and ash rise from Taal Volcano on Sunday, January 12.

Aaron Favila/AP

Taal Volcano in the Philippines has sent an eruption plume a kilometer above the crater, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The agency says Taal is showing a “fast escalation” in volcanic activity and could erupt lava within weeks.

Evacuation orders have been ordered for three towns in Batangas, Luzon, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines. Flights have been disrupted at Manila International Airport.

The state-run Philippines News Agency reported that minor earthquakes have also been recorded.

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