People photograph the Taal volcano from Tagaytay, southwest of Manila. Photo: AFP

Taal volcano eruption: lava, lightning and a ‘hazardous explosion within hours’, but for some Filipinos, an eerie calm

  • Volcano experts warn a ‘hazardous explosive eruption’ is imminent and could force more than 200,000 to flee
  • Tens of thousands have already been evacuated and one death reported, though some are taking matters in stride
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People photograph the Taal volcano from Tagaytay, southwest of Manila. Photo: AFP
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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.