Volcanic Ash Turns Pineapples Grey in the Philippines as Scientists Monitor Taal

January 17, 2020

The lava and thick ash the Taal volcano spewed into the sky this week has destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of crops that Filipino farmers make their livings selling. Jack Imperial, 49, planned to harvest his one-hectare pineapple plantation to sell the fruit to tourists from his store at a local market in Tagaytay city, he told Reuters. But the 17-year veteran was unable to get to the crop before Taal became active Sunday. Now the fields are covered in ash and some areas have evacuated.

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