Dormant for more than 40 years
, this Philippine volcano awoke in January 2020
— spewing a lava fountain 500 metres into the air and raining down ash on Manila more than 50 kilometres away.
The eruption vapourised the lake at the centre of the volcano and left the tree-covered island buried under a blanket of ash, as seen from satellite imagery taken before and after the eruption.
Almost a quarter of a million people were evacuated as the ash plume reached up 15 kilometres into the sky, interrupting air traffic.
More than 2 million people live within 30-kilometre radius of Taal, which is regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes having claimed more than 1000 lives in 1911.