Ash spews into the air from Taal Volcano. Photo: EPA

Taal Volcano eruption: Philippine government fears repeat of Pinatubo disaster that killed 847 people

  • The chief state seismologist said Taal’s volcanic activity had previously lasted a few days but in one instance it had gone on for seven months
  • Officials also sought to dissuade vendors from selling protective face masks at inflated prices after cloud of volcanic ash blew north to Manila
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Ash spews into the air from Taal Volcano. Photo: EPA
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.