Philippine Volcano’s Quakes, Cracks Send More People Fleeing

LEMERY, Philippines—A Philippine volcano that erupted last weekend belched smaller plumes of ash and shuddered continuously with earthquakes Thursday, prompting authorities to block access to nearby towns due to fears of a bigger eruption.

A crater lake and nearby river on the Taal volcano dried up in signs of its continued restiveness, and officials have warned people against speculating the five-day eruption is waning.

Soldiers and police blocked villagers from going back to the island volcano and nearby towns to retrieve belongings, poultry and cattle.

“Activity in the past 24 hours has generally waned to weak emission of steam-laden plumes,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. But the region remained just a notch down from the highest level of alert the agency could issue if the volcano erupts more violently.

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