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San Diego Nurse Was Hiking Taal Volcano with Her Friends Just Hours Before It Erupted

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A San Diego girl and her pals got here extraordinarily near hazard this week after they simply narrowly missed being on Taal Volcano when it erupted within the Philippines.

Katie Rauschl by no means anticipated that her trip to the Philippines can be interrupted by a volcano that hadn’t been energetic for greater than 40 years, in response to NBC affiliate KNSD.

The San Diego nurse advised the native outlet that she had solely been on her journey for 2 days when she and her pals went on a hike at Taal Volcano, which is positioned on an island in the course of Crater Lake and requires a ship to achieve the favored vacationer spot.

After boarding the motorized outrigger, the group arrived on the island and launched into the two-mile path to the volcano’s summit — all of the whereas documenting their adventures in a number of movies obtained by KNSD.

“ see some steam coming out of the vents and a little bubbling towards the side… and that was considered normal,” Rauschl advised the outlet.

“No more activity than usual,” Rauschl added. “So no one expected anything.”

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It wasn’t till the group was on their option to Manila, about an hour after that they had left Taal Volcano, that they began to note one thing was unsuitable.

“We started hearing rumbling,” Nawa Dolker, who was touring with Rauschl, advised the outlet. “ started seeing raindrops and we noticed the raindrops were very, very dirty.”

Not lengthy after, the chums regarded again to seek out an unbelievable sight: the identical volcano that they had simply hiked 60 minutes in the past was now sending clouds of smoke into the sky.

Later that night, greater than 30,000 residents had been compelled to evacuate their houses and properties, as lava and ash blanketed the bottom within the close by villages and surrounding areas.

The eruption additionally shut down the Manila International Airport, positioned simply 50 miles away, the place Rauschl and her pals had been headed. Aside from getting caught in an excessive amount of site visitors on the best way, the group lastly arrived safely in Manila, KNSD reported.

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As of Monday, they had been ready within the capital metropolis till flights had been not suspended so they may resume their trip. Rauschl is predicted to return to the United States in a week-and-a-half after hoping to complete her trip.

A spokesperson for the airport stated in a press launch that 360 flights had been capable of take off between the hours of 10 a.m. on Jan. 13 to 7 a.m. on Jan. 14. The MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal suspended flights in a while Tuesday to permit for every day upkeep of the runways, which incorporates derubberizing and degreasing.

An alert Level four was nonetheless in impact as of Tuesday, that means that “hazardous explosive eruption is still possible within hours to days,” in response to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. The institute additionally warned individuals in areas across the volcano to be looking out for heavy and extended ashfall.

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Though the chums had been unsure after they’d have the ability to proceed their travels, they advised KNSD they had been merely glad to be alive and feeling lucky that they’ve someplace to return house to, not like lots of the locals.

“We’re worried about all the people on the island, where they got to go,” Rauschl stated. “I mean, it’s their whole livelihood that’s just been taken away at this point.”

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