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Philippines lowers volcano alert, thousands can return home

Philippines lowers volcano alert, thousands can return home

26.1.2020

Philippines lowers volcano alert, thousands can return home

A major explosion of the Philippines ' restive Taal volcano no longer appears imminent, authorities said Sunday as they partially lifted a mass ...

Homes in the area around the Taal volcano have been left covered in mud and ash. (Photo: AFP/Ted ALJIBE) Advertisement Advertisement The immediate impact of the reduced warning was provincial authorities lifting the evacuation order for nearly all the towns that ring the volcano, a tourist attraction that sits in the middle of a lake. "Residents of all towns under lockdown except Agoncillo and Laurel now have the option to return," local governor Hermilando Mandanas told a press conference. "There's a possibility that the volcano may still erupt and we should still be ready to evacuate in one hour." The volcano shot ash 15km high and spewed lava in the Jan 12 eruption, which crushed scores of homes and killed livestock as well as crops. READ: Philippine grandma sews face masks for Taal volcano evacuees A horse is seen left on Volcano Island in this Jan 14, 2020 photo. However, seismologists warned the volcano could imminently unleash a much bigger eruption, posing a deadly risk to anyone in a 14km radius"danger zone". Taal, located just 60km from the capital Manila, is one of the most active volcanoes in a country where eruptions and earthquakes are a dangerous part of life. Its last eruption was in 1977, but it has a long history of activity. In 1965, a Taal eruption killed some 200 people. The most powerful volcanic explosion in the Philippines in recent years was the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, about 100km northwest of Manila, which killed more than 800 people. Source: AFP/mn Read more: CNA

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