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Volcanic lightning strike towering ash cloud as Philippines volcano erupts

Lightning strikes as ash spews from Philippine volcano

Lightning strikes as ash spews from Philippine volcano

Posted by NTV Houston on Monday, January 13, 2020

Bolts of volcanic lightning were seen flashing across an ash column during the eruption of a volcano in the Philippines on Sunday (January 12). 

The Taal volcano – located a mere 70km (45 miles) south of central Manila – belched out a column of ash and steam on Sunday, causing thousands of people to evacuate from their homes, closing schools and markets and disrupting flights. 

Photos taken from Tagaytay city and obtained by Reuters showed a large number of lightning streaks across the ash cloud. Volcanic lightning can naturally occur due to electrical discharge caused by a volcanic eruption. 

Seismologists warned that an eruption at Taal may happen at any time and may potentially trigger a tsunami in the lake surrounding the volcano. 

More than 16,000 people have been evacuated from the volcanic island, with at least 240 flights cancelled on Sunday. 

(Production: Yi Shu Ng)

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