This is the terrifying moment the Taal volcano erupted in the Philippines – sparking mass evacuations of people living nearby.
The volcano rumbled and fired hot smoke and gas almost a mile into the sky. Officials raised the alert to level three and smoke covered homes in nearby capital Manila around 43 miles away.
Cameras monitoring the volcano recorded the moment of eruption. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said it happened from 3:16 to 3:21 in the afternoon of Thursday, July 1, 2021.
Officials warned there was ‘magmatic intrusion’ at Taal’s main crater that may ‘drive succeeding eruptions’.