Increased activity at the Taal Volcano (Batangas province), located approximately 70 km (45 mi) south of Manila, has prompted authorities to evacuate nearly 8000 residents from high-risk towns on Sunday, January 12. The volcano reportedly emitted ash up to 15 km (9 mi) into the sky. All flights to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) have been suspended due to volcanic ash from the eruption. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised its alert level to a 4 (second highest on a five-tier scale), indicating that a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days."
Individuals present in the affected area are advised to avoid the vicinity of the volcano, monitor the situation, adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and wear respiratory masks and covering clothing to protect skin from ashfall.
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