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Farmer Now Has Ash-Covered Crops in the Philippines After Taal Volcano Erupts.

A farmer in Tagaytay, Philippines, walks through his pineapple fields covered in Taal Volcano's ash, Wednesday, January 15.
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READ MORE: Before volcano Taal started spewing ash and lava, farmer Jack Imperial was about to harvest pineapples at his one-hectare plantation and sell them to tourists who usually drop by his small store at a local market in Tagaytay city.

Being a farmer for 17 years, this is the first time he has experienced such devastation after his crops were cloaked with volcanic ash, that was 2.5 to 5 centimeters thick.

The Department of Agriculture said more than $10.9 million worth of crops have been damaged since the ash-fall that drifted from the volcano, Sunday, January 12.

More than 30,000 people near the Philippine capital, Manila, have been evacuated from the immediate vicinity of a volcano that has been belching lava, ash and steam since it erupted Sunday.

Scientists at the Philippines's seismology agency issued a warning of a major and far more explosive eruption at the Taal Volcano, located more than 60 kilometers north of Manila. The large cloud of ash, which blasted several kilometers into the sky during Taal's initial eruption, has also produced intermittent streaks of lightning.

The ash eventually fell over Manila, forcing authorities to shut down the city's main airport until Monday.

It's the second-most active volcano in the Philippines, a designated permanent danger zone long declared off-limits to human settlements. Yet to more than 5,000 people the Taal Volcano is home.

The volcano roared into action Sunday with a mighty eruption that shot rocks, ash and steam miles into the sky just hours after the inhabitants of its four villages fled on a flotilla of boats. (VOA/Reuters/AP)
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LINK: https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/despite-risks-villagers-made-philippine-volcano-their-home

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