Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a tiny volcanic island in the Philippines as the Taal Volcano threatens to erupt.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a tiny volcanic island in the Philippines as the Taal Volcano threatens to erupt. Two years ago the volcano erupted killing 200 people living on the tiny island in the middle of Lake Taal, 45 miles (approx 72 KM) from Manila.
Vulcanologists, at present carrying out a series of tests on the island, have warned that the volcano could erupt at any time. Over the past three centuries it has erupted 12 times, taking its highest toll in 1911 when 1,500 people died.
Since the last two eruptions, numerous new craters have been formed, but it is the old crater which is showing the most signs of activity at the moment, with steam bursting from the walls, and the temperature in the crater rising.
Vulcanologists are making regular inspections of the craters, testing the temperature of the lake water, and underground springs and taking seismograph readings. The experts say that their results are showing much stronger indications of a pending eruption than in 1965 -- when 200 people died.
Hundreds of people living on the island have been evacuated to towns (on the mainland bordering the lake.) But many of the men return to the island by boat during the daytime to tend their farms.