Philip­pine vol­cano trem­bles, spews lava half-mile high

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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