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

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A San Diego woman and her friends came extremely close to danger this week after they just narrowly missed being on Taal Volcano when it erupted in the Philippines.

Katie Rauschl never expected that her vacation to the Philippines would be interrupted by a volcano that hadn’t been active for more than 40 years, according to NBC affiliate KNSD.

The San Diego nurse told the local outlet that she had only been on her trip for two days when she and her friends went on a hike at Taal Volcano, which is located on an island in the middle of Crater Lake and requires a boat to reach the popular tourist spot.

After boarding the motorized outrigger, the group arrived on the island and embarked on the two-mile path to the volcano’s summit — all the while documenting their adventures in several videos obtained by KNSD.

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

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

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It wasn’t until the group was on their way to Manila, about an hour after they had left Taal Volcano, that they started to notice something was wrong.

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

Not long after, the friends looked back to find an unbelievable sight: the same volcano they had just hiked 60 minutes ago was now sending clouds of smoke into the sky.

Later that evening, more than 30,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes and properties, as lava and ash blanketed the ground in the nearby villages and surrounding areas.

The eruption also shut down the Manila International Airport, located just 50 miles away, where Rauschl and her friends were headed. Aside from getting stuck in a great deal …read more



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