Philippines volcano buries towns, forces evacuations

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff reports from Manila as the damage from the massive volcano continues to spread.
1:22 | 01/17/20

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Transcript for Philippines volcano buries towns, forces evacuations
Overseas to that crisis in the Philippines. From a massive volcano that buried towns in ash and forced residents to evacuate, Bob woodruff has all the details. Reporter: Since the Taal volcano erupted spewing ash nine miles into the sky residents have been cleaning nonstop and some villages while others still look like ghost towns. The Philippines president is now calling this area no man's land from his house overlooking the volcano, he witnessed the powerful eruption first feeling the shaking of the Earth. Boom, boom, boom. Reporter: Then watching the rocks and ash and what is known as volcanic lightning caused by static electricity. This morning the mayor of one small town allowing its residents temporarily back in to check their homes as they head back out. Streets crowded with vehicles filled with their belongings and livestock as fear of another more powerful eruption looms. Since Sunday's eruption the Taal network volcano has recorded 944 volcanic earthquakes over 27,000 families forced to evacuate to any of the 300 plus evacuation centers. This is this volcano's 35th eruption in the past 450 years. Thousands of people have died before but this week, no casualties, let's just hope that doesn't change. Boy, we certainly do. Okay, Bob woodruff, thanks very much.

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