Philippines warns of Taal volcano eruptions, calls for evacuations

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The Philippines has raised the alert level on the Taal volcano, south of Manila, warning of eruptions and urging residents of neighboring areas to evacuate.

Taal’s alert status was raised to Level 3 on a five-level scale after spitting out steam and kilometer-high fragments on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. Magma at the main crater “could lead to subsequent eruptions,” he added.

The agency also recommended that villages near the volcano be evacuated “due to the possible risks of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami”. The Taal volcano erupted last year, forcing thousands to flee and causing volcanic fallout to reach Manila.

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