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Tourists run for cover as Philippines volcano erupts

A MASSIVE plume of steam and ash spews from a volcano as a pair of sightseers look on.

The Taal volcano in the Philippines erupted yesterday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and the capital Manila’s airport to be closed.

Steam, ash and pebbles were sent nine miles into the sky as the popular tourist attraction, set on an island in the middle of a lake, went up.

Renelyn Bautista, 38, fled with her two children. ‘We evacuated when the air turned muddy because of the ashfall and it started to smell like gunpowder,’ she said.

Taal lies around 37 miles south of Manila. It is among two dozen active volcanos in the Philippines.

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