PLUMES of smoke billowed from Taal volcano on Monday forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights.
Red-hot lava gushed out from the volcano which lies near the Philippines capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash.
Where is Taal volcano?
Taal volcano is located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
No one is allowed to live on the island because it is declared as a high-risk area and a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).
Is Taal an active volcano?
There are around 1,500 active volcanoes in the world, with one erupting every 12 hours on average.
Taal is the second most active volcano in the country, with 34 historical eruptions.
- November 11 2019
- April 9 to July 5 2011
- June 8 2010
- July 20 2009
- August 28 2008
How many people have been killed by Taal volcano eruptions?
More than 8,000 people have been told to evacuate the surrounding towns after the alert level was raised to level four.
The volcano is one of the deadliest in the world, and is just one of 16 constantly monitored by experts.
What are the other active volcanoes in the Philippines?
One of the worlds smallest volcanoes, Taal is among two dozen active volcanoes in the Philippines, which lies along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismically active region that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
A short list of the most recent volcanic eruptions
- New Zealand, White Island, 2019
This volcano killed 20 people.
The volcano, a popular tourist destination for day-trippers, spewed ash and steam with 47 people on the island.
- Russia, Shiveluch, 2019
The Shiveluch volcano erupted four times, with one reaching 10,000 metres.
- Italy, Stromboli, 2019
A hiker was killed and dozens injured after the volcano's strongest eruption since 2002.
- Indonesia, Anak Krakatoa, 2018
This large eruption triggered a tsunami that killed at least 426 people, and injured around 14,000.
- Guatemala, Volcan de Fuego, 2018
This eruption killed 190 people and 256 were deemed missing. It was the volcano's most powerful eruption since 1974.
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