Situation Report

Photo Essay: Waiting for the Smoke to Clear

About 70 km south of Manila, the Taal Volcano had remained dormant for more than 40 years and was known as a picturesque weekend destination for residents of the capital city of the Philippines. But on Sunday the 12 January 2020, Taal erupted suddenly and spectacularly, sending thousands of people fleeing from a massive ash cloud that blanketed the countryside with a thick layer of volcanic dust, while a series of earthquakes signaled the movement of magma beneath the surface and raised serious concerns for a potentially catastrophic explosive eruption.