Philippine Officials Urge Evacuations After Volcano Spews Ash Near Manila

Authorities in the Philippines are urging for a total evacuation of almost half a million people near Manila after a volcano spewed ash into the air.

The Taal Volcano is 37 miles away from the capital and is considered to be one of the country's most active.

As reported by CNN:

Images from the scene on Monday showed streams of lava beginning to gush out the volcanic vent, the sky above still thick and dark with ash and steam.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert level to four, meaning an "explosive eruption" could happen in the coming hours or days. Its highest alert level is five, indicating an eruption is taking place.

While the volcano itself isn't very large, what makes it so dangerous is the fact that so many people live in it's immediate vicinity.

Check out more about the volcano and see photos/video of the ash HERE.

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