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Couple get married as volcano erupts behind them

January 14, 2020 09:22 IST
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A Filipino couple did not let their wedding get foiled by nature as they went ahead with tying the knot, against the backdrop of the ash-spewing Taal volcano on Sunday.

Chino and Kat Vaflor were tying the knot at a venue 10 miles from the Taal Volcano when wedding photographer Randolf Evan captured dramatic shots of the couple with the ash plume seemingly overhead.

IMAGE: The happy couple as they got married at the Savannah Farm, Alfonso, in the Philippines. Large plumes of ash from the Taal volcano can be seen clearly spewing into the skies above the couple. Photograph: Randolf Evan/Facebook

Wedding photographer Randolf Evan told the BBC there was 'no prior notice at all' that the volcano was stirring.


"We noticed white smoke coming out of Taal during preparations around 2 pm and from then on we knew something unusual was already going on with the volcano," he was quoted as saying.

IMAGE: Randolf Evan, a photographer at the wedding ceremony, said despite the clearly restless volcano it did not feel unsafe. Photograph: Randolf Evan/Facebook

The authorities in Philippines raised the alert to the second-highest level as they warned an 'explosive eruption' could take place in as little as a few hours. But, the wedding went on as planned -- just six miles from the volcano.

On Monday, the volcano appeared to get more volatile with fountains of lava seen gushing from it; and clouds of ash blowing more than 60 miles north of it, into the nation's capital, shutting down its international airport.

IMAGE: Guests stayed late into the evening to celebrate the couple tying the knot as ash continued to fill the sky and lightning could be seen striking in the air. Photograph: Randolf Evan/Facebook

Authorities have been scrambling to evacuate more than 6,000 villagers from the volcanic island which is located in the middle of a lake -- a popular tourist spot.

Taal sits in a picturesque lake and is one of the most active volcanoes in a nation where earthquakes and eruptions are a frightening and destructive part of life.

IMAGE: A dog left in a garage covered with ashes barks nearby the erupting Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines. Photograph: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

The country's volcanology institute says the small island where the volcano lies is a 'permanent danger zone,' although fishing villages have existed there for years.

IMAGE: Residents living near the erupting Taal Volcano evacuate from Lemery, Batangas, Philippines. Photograph: Reuters

IMAGE: Lightning strike in the midst of Taal volcano explosion is seen in Lipa City, Philippines. Photograph: Cheslie Andal/Reuters

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