Thursday 16 January 2020 08:55
Follow the latest updates as people return to their homes despite warnings
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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2020-01-16T08: 34: 42.020Z
“We are analyzing what this apparent calm of the volcano means,” said Maria Antonia Bornas, principal scientific research specialist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
The lake inside Taal has dried up, Bornas said, which was to be expected as he began throwing lava fountains a day after he threw giant clouds of ash into the air on Sunday.
Phivolcs said that volcanic activity had “generally decreased to the weak emission of steam-laden feathers.”
Even so, he had recorded more than 100 tremors since Wednesday, which means that magma was still rising.
2020-01-16T07: 45: 02.386Z
A volcano in the Philippines has been shaking continuously with earthquakes and opening cracks in nearby roads, and seismologists warn that the danger of an eruption remains high.
Police have blocked at least four cities at risk for fear of a larger eruption and have warned evacuees not to return to their homes.
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