A lightning strike over Taal Volcano during its eruption. Photo: EPA

Taal Volcano is the most deadly in the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 in its history. How big is its latest eruption?

  • Thousands have been evacuated and Manila’s airport has been closed after a cloud of volcanic ash blew 65km north to the capital
  • Sunday’s explosion, described as ‘a magmatic eruption’, could yet develop into a more violent, destructive blast
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A lightning strike over Taal Volcano during its eruption. Photo: EPA
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.