Philippine volcano trembles, spews lava half-mile high
TAGAYTAY, Philippines — A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash.
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed, affecting tens of thousands of passengers.
The alert level since the eruption began Sunday has been 4, indicating a hazardous eruption is possible in hours to days. Level 5, the highest, means such an eruption is underway.
The picturesque volcano set in a lake in Batangas province south of Manila rumbled to life Sunday in a powerful explosion that released 9mile column of ash, steam and rock into the sky.