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In pictures: Taal Volcano erupts near the capital Manila

Thousands of people living near Taal volcano, a popular tourist attraction set in the centre of a picturesque lake, were evacuated from their homes as it spewed ash, rumbled with earthquakes and lightning exploded above its crest.

In pictures: Taal Volcano erupts near the capital Manila
People take photos of a phreatic explosion from the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020. Image: AFP
In pictures: Taal Volcano erupts near the capital Manila
This handout photo taken and received on January 12, 2020 courtesy of Renz Lejarso Guevara shows ash from the Taal volcano (not pictured) in the air, as seen against a church in the foreground in the town of Taal in Batangas province south of Manila. 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. Image: Renz Lejarso Guevara / AFP
In pictures: Taal Volcano erupts near the capital Manila
Local officials (L) talk to homeless people, as they distribute face masks to protect themselves from the volcanic ash along a sidewalk in Manila on January 12, 2020, as ash from a volcano in Taal town south of Manila spewed ash into air hand has reached suburban Manila. Philippine authorities warned on January 12, an "explosive eruption" of a volcano south of Manila could be imminent, hours after it sent a massive column of ash skyward that forced officials to halt flights at the capital's main airport until further notice. Image: AFP
In pictures: Taal Volcano erupts near the capital Manila
A fisherman wades with his nets in the waters of Taal Lake as the Taal volcano spews ash as seen from Tanauan town in Batangas province, south of Manila, on January 13, 2020. 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. Image: AFP
In pictures: Taal Volcano erupts near the capital Manila
A resident uses a shovel to clear mud and ash spewed by Taal volcano at a development in Tanauan town, Batangas province south of Manila on January 13, 2020. Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning shot from an erupting volcano south of the Philippine capital on January 13, grounding hundreds of flights amid an alert for a possible "explosive eruption". Image: AFP
In pictures: Taal Volcano erupts near the capital Manila
A coconut trees weighed down by ash are seen after Taal volcano began spewing ash over Tanauan town, Batangas province south of Manila on January 13, 2020. Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning shot from an erupting volcano south of the Philippine capital on January 13, grounding hundreds of flights amid an alert for a possible "explosive eruption". Image: AFP