Huge Taal volcano eruption is seen from SPACE by Japan's satellite

Huge Taal volcano eruption is seen from SPACE as satellite catches the moment the Philippines mountain explodes sending a plume of ash and sulfur billowing into the atmosphere

  • Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite captured the  Taal volcano erupting
  • The volcano erupted January 12 and 13 and forced thousands to flee their homes
  • Animation shows the plume spreading over the course of two days 

The Taal volcano in the Philippines woke from a 43 year long slumber last week and a satellite captured the entire event from space.

The eruption was recorded by Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite, which was animated an released by that shows the plume spread over the course of January 12 and 13.

The massive volcano sent ash nine miles into the air, which was followed by a gushing lava fountain that forced thousands to flee their homes.

Clouds of ash blew more than 60 miles north of the volcano, reaching Manila and shutting down the country’s main airport with hundreds of flights cancelled.

There were no early reports of casualties but authorities were today scrambling to evacuate more than 6,000 villagers from the volcanic island in the middle of a lake which is usually a popular tourist spot.

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The Taal volcano in the Philippines woke from a 43 year long slumber last week and a satellite captured the entire event from space. The eruption was recorded by Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite, which was animated an released by that shows the plume spread over the course of January 12 and 13

The eruption began with an explosion of superheated steam and rock, but by early Monday ‘fountains’ of lava had been spotted on Taal, the volcano monitoring agency said.

‘The plume is probably comprised mostly of water droplets,’ said Simon Carn, a volcanologist at Michigan Tech.

‘There may be some volcanic ash but in such ‘wet’ plumes volcanic ash can be difficult to detect as the ash particles are often covered by liquid water.’

The crater of the volcano, which lies in the middle of a picturesque lake, blasted into life with towering clouds of ash and jets of red-hot lava on Sunday, forcing those living around the mountain south of Manila to rush to safety.

There were no early reports of casualties but authorities were today scrambling to evacuate more than 6,000 villagers from the volcanic island in the middle of a lake which is usually a popular tourist spot.

The Taal volcano is located in the Philippines just outside Manila

The crater of the volcano, which lies in the middle of a picturesque lake, blasted into life with towering clouds of ash and jets of red-hot lava on Sunday, forcing those living around the mountain south of Manila to rush to safety

Clouds of volcanic ash blowing over Manila, 40 miles to the north, closed the country’s main airport Sunday and part of Monday until the ash fall eased.

The alert level since the eruption began Sunday has been 4, indicating a hazardous eruption is possible in hours to days.

Many people abandoned livestock and pets as well as homes full of belongings after authorities sounded an alert warning that an ‘explosive eruption’ could come imminently.

Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon said urged people to obey evacuation orders, saying the possibility of an explosive eruption was ‘high’.

The alert level since the eruption began Sunday has been 4, indicating a hazardous eruption is possible in hours to days

The Taal eruption has been putting on a stunning and terrifying display, with lightning crackling through its ash cloud in a poorly understood phenomenon that has been attributed to static electricity

‘We urge people living in the danger zone to evacuate and follow evacuation orders issued by the authorities, he said.

‘Bring your animals and livestock to evacuation centres if you must. The Philippine Red Cross is working round the clock to assess and meet the needs of affected communities.’

Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in a nation hit periodically by eruptions and earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ – a zone of intense seismic activity.

The Taal eruption has been putting on a stunning and terrifying display, with lightning crackling through its ash cloud in a poorly understood phenomenon that has been attributed to static electricity.

Many people abandoned livestock and pets as well as homes full of belongings after authorities sounded an alert warning that an ‘explosive eruption’ could come imminently

Pictured is a view of the volcano before it woke from its 43 year long slumber

 

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