Tale Volcano, in the middle of a lake in Batangas Province, south of the Philippine capital, Manila, has caused the flight of tens of thousands of people from neighboring villages that were covered by darkness and heavy ash, as it increased its activity and threw lava to half a mile in the sky.
The Associated Press reported that the alert level since the eruption of ash and lava last Sunday reached 4, which indicates the risks of the volcano's eruption, and then the warning reaches the fifth level during its eruption.
The Institute of Seismology and Volcanoes revealed that about 50 volcanic earthquakes were recorded during the eight hours of the day, warning that more ash was spread over the surrounding villages.
According to local authorities, government jobs have been suspended and schools closed in a number of towns and cities, including the capital, Manila, due to the health hazards caused by ash. More than 500 international and domestic trips have been canceled and delayed, affecting nearly 80,000 travelers.
The Disaster Response Agency, in turn, said that 40,000 people were evacuated in Batangas and the adjacent Cavite region and residents were warned of lava flows that move too fast and burn everything in its path.
The last volcano erupted in 1965, killing hundreds of people, and it is one of 24 active volcanoes in the Philippines, which falls within the so-called ring of fire in the Pacific Ocean, where many volcanic activities are recorded in the world.