A volcano in the Philippines has been shaking continuously with earthquakes and opening cracks in nearby roads while police blocked cities at risk for fear of a larger eruption.

More than 53,000 residents have fled their homes near the Taal volcano to take refuge in evacuation centers, although thousands more have refused to leave or have returned to control their animals and possessions.

Many houses and farms have been damaged by volcanic ash since Taal, one of the most active and deadly volcanoes in the country, began dumping lava and ashes on Sunday.

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