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Ashes and steam: Dramatic photos of Philippines' Taal volcano eruption

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A worker hoses down plants covered with mud and ash after Taal volcano erupted, in Talisay town, Batangas province south of Manila on 13 January 2020.
A worker hoses down plants covered with mud and ash after Taal volcano erupted, in Talisay town, Batangas province south of Manila on 13 January 2020.   -  
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Taal, a tiny volcano near the Philippine capital Manila, usually draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake. On Sunday it belched steam, ash and rocks forcing locals to flee for safety under difficult conditions of poor visibility and lack of transportation.

Clouds of ash blew far north, reaching Manila and causing the shut down of its main airport with some flights temporarily suspended.

Though there have been no reports of casualties or major damage from the eruption, experts still warn about the instability of the situation.

Taal, one of the world’s smallest volcanoes, is among two dozen active volcanoes in the Philippines, which lies along a seismically active region, the so-called Pacific 'Ring of Fire'.

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Taal volcano releases ash and smoke during an eruption in Tagaytay, south of Manila, Philippines. 12 January 2020.Bullit Marquez/AP Photo
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Taal volcano continues to erupt in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines. 13 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP Photos
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The animal volunteers search for pets left by owners as they fled to evacuation centres leaving them behind at a deserted village in Talisay, Batangas province, southern Philippines. 15 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP PhotoAaron Favila
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A family walks along a road covered with ash from Taal volcano at Tagaytay, southern Philippines. 13 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP Photo
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A worker hoses down plants covered with mud and ash after Taal volcano erupted, in Talisay town, Batangas province south of Manila on 13 January 2020.Ted Aljibe/ AFP
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The residents walk at their volcanic ash-covered village in Laurel, Batangas province, southern Philippines, as Taal volcano continues to spew ash. 14 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP PhotoAaron Favila
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People watch as Taal Volcano erupts on Sunday, 12 January 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines.Aaron Favila/AP Photo
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A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal Volano continues to spew ash in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines. 13 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP Photos
Aaron Favila/AP Photos
An ash-covered vehicle drives down a muddy road as Taal volcano continues to erupt in Tagaytay, Cavite province, the southern Philippines on 13 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP PhotosAaron Favila
Aaron Favila/AP Photos
The motocyclists navigate a road covered with ash spewed from Taal Volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines. 13 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP Photos
Aaron Favila/AP Photo
A Christmas lantern is covered in ash from Taal volcano in Lemery, southern Philippines. 13 January 2020.Aaron Favila/AP Photo
Aaron Favila/AP Photo
The residents clean ashfall from Taal Volcano eruption. 13 January, 2020 in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines.Aaron Favila/AP Photo
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The men clean their horses that they rescued from Taal volcano island in Balete, Batangas province, southern Philippines.Basilio Sepe/AP Photo
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People watch as Taal Volcano erupts on 12 January 2020, in Tagaytay, outside Manila, Philippines.Aaron Favila/AP Photo
Aaron Favila/AP Photo
Lightning shows as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday 12 January 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines.Aaron Favila/AP Photo
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