Published on Monday, January 13, 2020

Volcanic ash cloud causes flight disruption

Manila's main airport was forced to close temporarily earlier today due to an ash cloud from a volcano, which authorities in the Philippines believe could erupt within hours or days.

More than 240 international and domestic flights were cancelled, and although Ninoy Aquino international airport has since partially re-opened, flight disruption is continuing.

Philippine Airlines has cancelled, delayed and diverted some domestic and international flights and warned further changes are expected as the situation develops.

The Taal volcano has also begun spewing lava since yesterday's eruption of ash, which has spread across more than 60 miles.

The government volcano-monitoring agency has raised the danger level around Taal three notches to level 4, indicating 'an imminent hazardous eruption'.

The last time Taal showed similar activity, in the 1970s, it lasted for about four months.



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