Taal, Philippines
📸 by @bigdomcar03

Earlier today, the volcano at Lake Taal in the Philippines erupted, prompting the evacuation of 8000+ residents.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the eruption could trigger a volcanic tsunami, so better safe than sorry.

The plume stretches over 1km (0.6 miles) into the sky.

The “lightning” you see in these photos is triggered by volcanic ash particles colliding, which causes a build up of static electricity, which is then discharged in spectacular fashion.

Just google “dirty thunderstorm” if you’d like to read more about it.