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Thousands evacuated as explosions erupted in Philippines' second most active volcano

The Philippine authorities have evacuated more than 2,700 people from their homes with the eruption of the second most active volcano in the country, while scientists have warned of the possibility of stronger eruptions, according to "Russia Today".

Five bursts of volcanic gases and vapors, up to 3 kilometers high, were released into the air from Taal volcano in Batangas province, 66 kilometers south of the capital, Manila.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology "Phivolcs" said that "29 volcanic earthquakes and high levels of sulfur dioxide emissions have been recorded in the volcano during the past 24 hours."

He added: "The alert level in Taal has been raised to the third level, which means that lava emanating from the main crater can lead to a volcanic eruption."

For his part, National Disaster Agency spokesman Mark Templeal said that "2784 people have been evacuated from 13 villages around the volcano area since Thursday evening."