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Taal Volcano in the  Philippines

January 13, 2020

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Located on Luzon Island, the Taal volcano began to erupt around 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, January 12th, 2020. The eruption sent ash plumes 9 miles (14 kilometers) into the air. The ash has spread 100 kilometers and as far north as Quezon city, forcing the airport to close temporarily. More than 25 million people are living within 100 kilometers of the volcano and could be impacted by contaminated air and water.

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A comparison between December 10th, 2019 and January 13th, 2020 of Taal Volcano in the Philippines.

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