Volcano eruption cancels flights to and from Manila

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Taal volcano sent a huge plume of ash into the sky late Sunday evening forcing the evacuation of villagers and also shutting down Manila’s international airport, offices, and schools.

Locally, there won’t be much effect unless you’re traveling to or through Manila.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Taal volcano in Batangas province, south of Manila, blasted steam, ash, and pebbles up to 6 to 9 miles into the sky in a dramatic escalation of its growing restiveness, which began last year.

According to the local National Weather Service, Guam won’t be affected in any way as far as weather or the risk of a tsunami. However, travel to the Philippines may pose an issue.

PNC was made aware of passengers from Guam who were stranded in Manila with uncertainties on when another flight could be booked.

Philippine Airlines told PNC they weren’t speaking to the media at press time while United Airlines sent out a statement regarding their updated flight schedule.

“UA183 GUM-MNL and UA184 MNL-GUM on January 12 were canceled due to the Taal volcano eruption. We continue to monitor the situation and protect the affected customers with the first available flights,” United said.

Meanwhile, the Guam International Airport Authority announced that they are working with all airport stakeholders to ensure that the visitors impacted by these cancellations are cared for.

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