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Mount Pinatubo placed on high eruption alert as 'volcanic activity' sparks ash warning

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The Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre has issued an alert for a "possible eruption" for the volcano in the Philippines.

It comes following images snapped by Japan's HIMAWARI-8 satellite.

Sharing the report on Twitter, extreme weather hunter James Reynolds said: "Tokyo VAAC have a volcanic ash alert at Pinatubo.

Mount Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo (Image: GETTY)

To which meteorologist Kyle Noël replied: "Yeah, this is a suspicious volcanic activity that's going on at Mt. Pinatubo.

Mr Noel shared an image from the Himawari-8.

He later responded that he thought it was "convection created by orographic lifting rather than a volcanic eruption".

He noted: "There was a ripple of clouds moving through these mountains.

Usloping/orographic lifting could explain a sudden burst of convection in that area rather than a volcanic eruption.

"A couple of reasons to doubt the alert, lack of earthquakes from seismographs and lack of local reports.

"Anyone on the ground able to confirm whether there’s been an eruption?"

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