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Volcanic activity interrupts air traffic in Manila

Manila, Philippines - All flights from and to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila was canceled on Jan. 12 due to the Volcanic ash eruption.

The airport is expected to be cleared for takeoffs and landings from Jan. 13 at 8 a.m. local, but the closure can be extended depending on the level of volcanic activity.

Taal Volcano, which caused air traffic to be interrupted in the region, is located on the big island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 34 historical eruptions.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) also advised to temporarily close Clark International Airport, which is located 43.2 nautical miles northwest of Manila, due to a warning from the Japan Volcanic Advisory that ash clouds generated by Volcanic activity could reach the airport.

So far all flights from and to Clark International Airport remain operational.

Authorities raised the alert level to 4 for the Taal volcano, which means that new eruptions could happen within hours or days. The highest alert level is five indicating that an eruption is already taking place.

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As of today, more than 16,400 people were evacuated to the temporary evacuation centers.

Volcanic Ash clouds can reach up to 55,000 feet and they cannot be detected by weather radars do to the lack of moisture inside.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has advised passengers to coordinate with their respective airlines for flight updates before coming to the airport.

Some airplanes covered with volcanic ash are being washed at the Manila Airport.