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Lightning flashes as the Taal volcano erupts in Tagaytay, the Philippines, Jan. 12, 2020. The Philippines raised the alert level to 4 on a scale of 5 over the Taal volcano eruption on Sunday, saying that 'hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days' as volcanic activity increased. Xinhua
Lightning flashes as the Taal volcano erupts in Tagaytay, the Philippines, Jan. 12, 2020. The Philippines raised the alert level to 4 on a scale of 5 over the Taal volcano eruption on Sunday, saying that 'hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days' as volcanic activity increased. Xinhua
People take cover under a large plastic sheet as a column of ash spews from erupting Taal Volcano over Tagaytay city, Philippines, 12 January 2020. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 1,000 meters into the sky. EPA
People take cover under a large plastic sheet as a column of ash spews from erupting Taal Volcano over Tagaytay city, Philippines, 12 January 2020. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 1,000 meters into the sky. EPA
A man uses an umbrella to shield him from ashfalls as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines.  A tiny volcano near the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake belched steam, ash and rocks in a huge plume Sunday, prompting thousands of residents to flee and officials to temporarily suspend flights. AP
A man uses an umbrella to shield him from ashfalls as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. A tiny volcano near the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake belched steam, ash and rocks in a huge plume Sunday, prompting thousands of residents to flee and officials to temporarily suspend flights. AP


This handout file aerial photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 by the New Zealand Defence Force shows elite soldiers taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9, 2019 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. - The death toll from the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand has risen to 20, following another death more than a month after the tragedy, police said on January 13, 2020. AFP
This handout file aerial photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 by the New Zealand Defence Force shows elite soldiers taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9, 2019 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. - The death toll from the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand has risen to 20, following another death more than a month after the tragedy, police said on January 13, 2020. AFP
A dog walks along ash fall covered road as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Monday Jan. 13, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. The small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down. AP
A dog walks along ash fall covered road as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Monday Jan. 13, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. The small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down. AP
A family living near the errupting Taal Volcano evacuates in Lemery, Batangas City, Philippines, January 13, 2020. Reuters
A family living near the errupting Taal Volcano evacuates in Lemery, Batangas City, Philippines, January 13, 2020. Reuters
 A person rides a motobike on a road covered in ash deposits, a day after the eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town in Batangas province, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert status, due to the increased activity, of the Taal Volcano, located near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from one to three, before raising it to four. EPA
A person rides a motobike on a road covered in ash deposits, a day after the eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town in Batangas province, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert status, due to the increased activity, of the Taal Volcano, located near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from one to three, before raising it to four. EPA
 Residents walk past wooden boats as Taal volcano erupts, in Tanauan town, Batangas province south of Manila on January 13, 2020. - Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from a volcano south of the Philippine capital on January 13, grounding hundreds of flights as authorities warned of a possible 'explosive eruption'. AFP
Residents walk past wooden boats as Taal volcano erupts, in Tanauan town, Batangas province south of Manila on January 13, 2020. - Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from a volcano south of the Philippine capital on January 13, grounding hundreds of flights as authorities warned of a possible 'explosive eruption'. AFP
Motorcycles ride along an ash covered road as they evacuate to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
Motorcycles ride along an ash covered road as they evacuate to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people watch as the Taal volcano spews ash and smoke during an eruption in Tagaytay, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. AP
In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people watch as the Taal volcano spews ash and smoke during an eruption in Tagaytay, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. AP
Erman Batan breaks in tears over her missing husband Roberto who she has not seen since they evacuated their homes near the Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
Erman Batan breaks in tears over her missing husband Roberto who she has not seen since they evacuated their homes near the Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
Men watch from Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash as experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate more. AP
Men watch from Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash as experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate more. AP
Residents arrive in a military truck at a local school after being evacuated from the heavy ash  and debris from the Taal volcano eruption in Santo Tomas, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
Residents arrive in a military truck at a local school after being evacuated from the heavy ash and debris from the Taal volcano eruption in Santo Tomas, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
A man walks through thick ash on a road from Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
A man walks through thick ash on a road from Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
This Jan. 12, 2020 photo provided by Galapagos National Park shows La Cubre Volcano erupting on Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. The volcano last erupted in mid-2018 on the island that is home to a number of species, including iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and rats.  AP
This Jan. 12, 2020 photo provided by Galapagos National Park shows La Cubre Volcano erupting on Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. The volcano last erupted in mid-2018 on the island that is home to a number of species, including iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and rats. AP
Lightning flashes as the Taal volcano erupts in Tagaytay, the Philippines, Jan. 12, 2020. The Philippines raised the alert level to 4 on a scale of 5 over the Taal volcano eruption on Sunday, saying that 'hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days' as volcanic activity increased. Xinhua
Lightning flashes as the Taal volcano erupts in Tagaytay, the Philippines, Jan. 12, 2020. The Philippines raised the alert level to 4 on a scale of 5 over the Taal volcano eruption on Sunday, saying that 'hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days' as volcanic activity increased. Xinhua
People take cover under a large plastic sheet as a column of ash spews from erupting Taal Volcano over Tagaytay city, Philippines, 12 January 2020. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 1,000 meters into the sky. EPA
People take cover under a large plastic sheet as a column of ash spews from erupting Taal Volcano over Tagaytay city, Philippines, 12 January 2020. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 1,000 meters into the sky. EPA
A man uses an umbrella to shield him from ashfalls as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines.  A tiny volcano near the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake belched steam, ash and rocks in a huge plume Sunday, prompting thousands of residents to flee and officials to temporarily suspend flights. AP
A man uses an umbrella to shield him from ashfalls as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. A tiny volcano near the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake belched steam, ash and rocks in a huge plume Sunday, prompting thousands of residents to flee and officials to temporarily suspend flights. AP


This handout file aerial photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 by the New Zealand Defence Force shows elite soldiers taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9, 2019 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. - The death toll from the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand has risen to 20, following another death more than a month after the tragedy, police said on January 13, 2020. AFP
This handout file aerial photo taken and released on December 13, 2019 by the New Zealand Defence Force shows elite soldiers taking part in a mission to retrieve bodies from White Island after the December 9, 2019 volcanic eruption, off the coast from Whakatane on the North Island. - The death toll from the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand has risen to 20, following another death more than a month after the tragedy, police said on January 13, 2020. AFP
A dog walks along ash fall covered road as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Monday Jan. 13, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. The small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down. AP
A dog walks along ash fall covered road as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Monday Jan. 13, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. The small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down. AP
A family living near the errupting Taal Volcano evacuates in Lemery, Batangas City, Philippines, January 13, 2020. Reuters
A family living near the errupting Taal Volcano evacuates in Lemery, Batangas City, Philippines, January 13, 2020. Reuters
 A person rides a motobike on a road covered in ash deposits, a day after the eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town in Batangas province, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert status, due to the increased activity, of the Taal Volcano, located near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from one to three, before raising it to four. EPA
A person rides a motobike on a road covered in ash deposits, a day after the eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town in Batangas province, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert status, due to the increased activity, of the Taal Volcano, located near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from one to three, before raising it to four. EPA
 Residents walk past wooden boats as Taal volcano erupts, in Tanauan town, Batangas province south of Manila on January 13, 2020. - Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from a volcano south of the Philippine capital on January 13, grounding hundreds of flights as authorities warned of a possible 'explosive eruption'. AFP
Residents walk past wooden boats as Taal volcano erupts, in Tanauan town, Batangas province south of Manila on January 13, 2020. - Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from a volcano south of the Philippine capital on January 13, grounding hundreds of flights as authorities warned of a possible 'explosive eruption'. AFP
Motorcycles ride along an ash covered road as they evacuate to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
Motorcycles ride along an ash covered road as they evacuate to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people watch as the Taal volcano spews ash and smoke during an eruption in Tagaytay, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. AP
In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people watch as the Taal volcano spews ash and smoke during an eruption in Tagaytay, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. AP
Erman Batan breaks in tears over her missing husband Roberto who she has not seen since they evacuated their homes near the Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
Erman Batan breaks in tears over her missing husband Roberto who she has not seen since they evacuated their homes near the Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
Men watch from Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash as experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate more. AP
Men watch from Tagaytay, Cavite province, south of Manila, as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash as experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate more. AP
Residents arrive in a military truck at a local school after being evacuated from the heavy ash  and debris from the Taal volcano eruption in Santo Tomas, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
Residents arrive in a military truck at a local school after being evacuated from the heavy ash and debris from the Taal volcano eruption in Santo Tomas, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse and plans were being made to evacuate hundreds of thousands. AP
A man walks through thick ash on a road from Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
A man walks through thick ash on a road from Taal volcano in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. AP
This Jan. 12, 2020 photo provided by Galapagos National Park shows La Cubre Volcano erupting on Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. The volcano last erupted in mid-2018 on the island that is home to a number of species, including iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and rats.  AP
This Jan. 12, 2020 photo provided by Galapagos National Park shows La Cubre Volcano erupting on Fernandina Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. The volcano last erupted in mid-2018 on the island that is home to a number of species, including iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and rats. AP
Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr

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