Thousands flee after volcano erupts in the Philippines

World News

Tens of thousands of people fled after a small volcano erupted near the Philippine capital of Manila on Sunday.

The eruption spewed ash, rocks and steam miles into the air and caused the city’s airport to shut down. Officials warned that the volcano is showing a “fast escalation” and could soon erupt lava within hours or days.

The Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also warned of a possible “volcanic tsunami” after a number of small earthquakes were recorded.

More than 6,000 villagers from the island the Taal Volcano is on and tens of thousands more from nearby towns were evacuated as a precaution.

All international and domestic flights were suspended at Manila’s international airport due to the ashfall.

Taal last erupted in 1977 but the area is designated a permanent danger zone by the Philippine government.