For the first time since 1977, the Taal Volcano has erupted, with its focal point being the Volcano Island—the central rocky isle in the middle of the expansive Lake Taal.
While Australia continues to fight the relentless bushfires that have been burning across the nation for months, another natural disaster hit the Philippines earlier this year. According to CNN, on January 12, a volcano near the capital of the southeast Asian country erupted in the afternoon, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes and take shelter in evacuation centers. This is the first time since 1977 that the Taal Volcano has erupted with the eruption’s focal point being the Volcano Island—the central rocky isle in the middle of the expansive Lake Taal.
Although the volcano has gradually quietened down in some aspects, according to Forbes, the country is still not out of danger. The explosion generated a continuous stream of ash that turned villages around Lake Taal into lunar-like desolations, killing crops and fish, smothering animals, polluting water supplies and causing rooftops to collapse. Moreover, fissures have opened up across the region as a result of magma entering into the shallow subsurface. Images posted on social media show the devastating power of the erupted Taal Volcano and it's all so surreal that you can't help but notice a kind of terrifying beauty about it.
Keeping watch on the volatile Taal Volcano in the Philippines from the @Space_Station. Just south of Manila, it stands out ash-covered and otherworldly in the middle of Taal Lake against the surrounding green highlands. pic.twitter.com/SY8NuuWOX4— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) January 22, 2020
Check out some of the most powerful images of the erupted Taal Volcano here below:
LOOK: Pictures from inside picnic grove, a popular destination for tourists during weekends. Ash covers most of the attractions in Tagaytay | via @jeck_batallones #TaalVolcano pic.twitter.com/y3PhlXNo7o— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) January 17, 2020