Taal Volcano eruption in Philippines could come ‘within hours or days’

Schools and government offices closed and the city of Tagaytay was rocked by scores of tremors Tuesday as Philippine’s Taal volcano spewed lava and ash a half mile into the sky.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology set the “alert level” at four, meaning a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. It advised residents across much of the country to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall.

Almost 40,000 people from the Taal area were living in 198 evacuation centers with no timetable for going home, the government said. Many never will.

Renato Solidum, who heads the volcano institute, said authorities were closely monitoring the speed in the rise of magma, an important factor in determining whether the volcano will have a strong eruption or settle down. 

“As of now, we don’t see activities slowing down and the earthquakes still continue,” Solidum said.

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