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Huge Philippines Volcano Blasts Ash 9 Miles Up As Satellites Watch (Video)

The this week sent ash plumes 9 miles (14 kilometers) into the air, new satellite imagery shows.  

乐动体育开户Located on Luzon Island, the Taal volcano began to erupt around 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, Jan. 12 (4:30 a.m. EST, 0930 GMT), from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

operated by Japan, NASA and the NOAA captured views of the volcano from space, revealing the widespread ash and smoke that spread across the island and surrounding areas in the aftermath of the eruption. 

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. "Eruptive activity, which has been occurring since 5:30 p.m. local time on Jan. 12, has generated steam-laden plumes up to nine miles tall, causing travel disruptions and extreme weather events in and around the vicinity of its location in Volcano Island, south of the archipelago’s capital city of Manila."

乐动体育开户Clouds of ash have spread more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) north, reaching the capital city of Manila. The Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) on Japan's Himawari-8 satellite captured visible light and infrared images of the region. The NOAA shared , showing the growth of the steam-laden plumes. 

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) — which was the first since 1977. The Taal Volcano is considered the second most active in the Philippines, according to the NOAA. 

The NOAA-20 satellite provided an infrared view of the eruption, while the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) instrument on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite captured traces of sulfur dioxide from the volcano. The JPSS Program .  

乐动体育开户In the wake of the eruption, all residents within a nine-mile radius have been ordered to evacuate the area due to the high risk for subsequent eruptions, reduced visibility and health concerns, such as irritation and breathing problems. Intermittent rainfall is also expected in the area, which may trigger flash flooding or landslides, NOAA officials have said. 

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