Taal Volcano restiveness could ease in two weeks

The Taal volcano in the Philippines remained threatening despite  weaker emissions and fewer tremors, according to an official who advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone.

Official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said on Friday that continuing volcanic quakes, the drying of the crater lake and other signs indicated magma was moving beneath.

“When there is an explosion, that will be life-threatening, especially if people get very near, like on Volcano Island,” Renato Solidum, head of the institute said.

Solidum added that the volcano’s restiveness could ease in the next two weeks.

Since Sunday, the volcano has remained at alert level 4, the second-highest warning, indicating a hazardous explosive eruption is possible in hours or days.