Volcano erupts near Philippine capital Manila thousands Evacuate Philippines; Airport Shut, Villagers Flee Taal Volcano Erupts PHIVOLCS raises Alert Level 4

Metro Manila Evacuations underway following the raising of Alert Level 4 over Taal Volcano after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recorded increased volcanic activity and a stronger explosion past 2 p.m. resulting in a one-kilometer ash column.