Residents Urged Not to Return Home as Philippines Volcano Continues to Spew Ash, Lava Fountains

Philippine officials are appealing to residents not to return to their homes in the danger zone of an erupting volcano as it continues to spew plumes of ash and lava fountains, with earthquakes regularly shaking the ground.

The Taal Volcano, about 37 miles south of the capital Manila on the island of Luzon, began erupting on Sunday, sending ash up to nine miles into the air and prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption” and large-scale evacuations.
As of Tuesday, almost 20,000 people from Batangas and Cavite provinces have sought shelter in 118 temporary evacuation centers set up by authorities. The total number of evacuees is likely to be higher, with some choosing to stay with family members and relatives in other parts of the country.
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