Empty villages covered in ash as volcanic eruption looms

All eyes are on the Taal volcano in the Philippines, which experts are warning could erupt again at anytime.
1:40 | 01/16/20

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here tonight to the growing taker in Philippines. Authorities are now warning that an active volcano could possibly erupt again within hours or days. And ABC's Bob woodruff is there. Reporter: Tonight, all eyes on the Taal volcano spewing ash and lava. Experts warning an explosive eruption could be days, even hours, away. And worse than the initial blast over the weekend, shooting plum of ash. Inside that cloud, streaks of volcanic lightning. Tens of thousands forced from their homes. Today, we found village after village empty. Blanketed in ash. Police blocking us from getting any closer to the volcano. We're not allowed to go in? Yes, very dangerous. Reporter: Inside the danger zone, utter devastation. Livestock left behind. Many now taking their chances, going back to save the animals they can carry. Volunteers rescuing pets. And despite the threat, people here are determined to clean up. Have you ever seen anything like this before? I think it's first time. Reporter: This eruption is the Taal volcano's first in more than 40 years. And Bob woodruff reporting in from the Philippines tonight. And Bob, we understand the government is urging people in that high risk area to get out. The experts saying all the warning signs are there? Reporter: They are, David. 500 earthquakes have been detected out here. We walk out in the road, you can see more cracks, which they say means there's more pressure building underneath to push the magma up to the surface. And we just pulled up here a few minutes ago, we saw more ash is coming out of the volcano. We're going to stay out of the dangerous spots and stay here where it's safer. Yes, stay safe. Appreciate it, Bob. And when we come back here,

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