Tens of thousands Filipinos in limbo as volcano could spew lava, ash for weeks Jan 15, 2020 0 757 12345 AFPTanauan, PhilippinesTaal volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities warned on Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption.The crater of the volcano exploded to life with towering clouds of ash and jets of red-hot lava on Sunday, forcing those living around the mountain to rush to safety.Many people abandoned livestock and pets as well as homes full of belongings after authorities sounded an alert warning that an “explosive eruption” could come imminently. “We left everything apart from what we’re wearing,” said Robert Cadiz, a 47-year-old fisherman among some 30,000 who took refuge in shelters. “We were terrified.” Gerald Aseoche, 30, who left with his four young children and a few possessions, has missed work to stay with them as the volcano belches out lava and earthquakes tied to the eruption rattle the region.“I am hoping this won’t go on too long because I will lose my job if I can’t report to work immediately,” Aseoche, a house painter, told AFP at an evacuation centre.Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in a nation hit periodically by eruptions and earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” -- a zone of intense seismic activity.Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon warned that the group was “preparing for the worst” and urged people to keep away from the volcano. “Bring your animals and livestock to evacuation centres if you must,” he added.The Taal eruption has been putting on a stunning and terrifying display, including an ash cloud illuminated with lightning bolts and shot dark-grey columns 800 metres in the sky. RELATED ARTICLES JAPANESE PREMIER ABE WRAPS UP GULF TOUR IN OMAN Jan 15, 2020 0 656 Over 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan Jan 15, 2020 0 1091 House to vote today to send Impeachment case to Senate, says Pelosi Jan 15, 2020 0 1112 Malaysia drops sex assault probe of PM-in-waiting Anwar Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will not face charges over claims he sexually assaulted a male former aide, prosecutors said on Tuesday, the latest such scandal to tarnish the veteran .. Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills nine in China Beijing: An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said on Tuesday. Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the .. US slaps sanctions over North Korea overseas workers Washington: The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two companies for exploiting North Korean overseas labour after a UN deadline to return workers who bring vital revenue to the regime. The Treasury .. Kerala challenges Indian citizenship law in top court DPA New Delhi India’s southern state of Kerala on Tuesday became the first in the country to legally challenge a new citizenship law that has sparked nationwide protests. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 is a .. Ireland to hold early election on Feb 8, says PM Varadkar Dublin: Ireland will go to the polls next month in an early general poll, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday, as he seeks to capitalise on a successful Brexit deal and restored power-sharing in Northern Ireland. .. Russia hacked company key to Trump’s impeachment, says security firm Washington: Russia’s military spy agency hacked a Ukrainian gas company linked to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, a California-based cybersecurity company said on Tuesday. Starting in November, .. US sanctions lead to shortages of cooking gas in Cuba Havana: Cuba is suffering from shortages of cooking gas due to US sanctions on the island, the state oil company Union Cubapetroleo has said. Sanctions that were announced in November on the state energy company .. Microsoft CEO critical of new India citizenship law New Delhi: Microsoft’s chief executive hit out at the government of his native India and joined criticism of a new citizenship law. Speaking at an event in New York, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella implied the law could stop a ..