As Philippine Volcano Belches Ash And Lava, Authorities Warn Of New Eruption

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A stray dog barks on a road covered with ash from Taal Volcano in Agoncillo, Batangas City, Philippines, on Monday.Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

The Philippines remained on alert Tuesday as authorities declared a “calamity zone” around Taal Volcano, which began spewing ash and lava over the weekend. They warned of indications that it could be on the cusp of a new, more powerful eruption.

Villagers are seen as they look at Taal Volcano erupting in Batangas on Monday. Dante Diosina Jr./Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Authorities said they feared the possibility of an event similar to the massive 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which killed hundreds and blanketed large swaths of the countryside, causing massive mudslides and large-scale economic hardship.

A yellow butterfly flies above a house covered by ash from the Taal Volcano in the town of Agoncillo in Batangas City on Monday.Dante Diosina Jr. /Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

On Tuesday, Taal was spurting lava a half-mile into the sky along with a towering plume of volcanic ash — punctuated periodically by flashes of static lighting. Check the link here to NPR for the rest of the story.