Scientists warn on volcano

2011-04-09 09:50

Manila, Philippines – Scientists say a picturesque volcano in the middle of a Philippines lake could erupt, and authorities are stopping tourists from visiting it.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it raised the alert for Taal Volcano today because of a growing number of volcanic earthquakes and a sharp rise in carbon dioxide emissions.

Local police chief Manuel Maligaya says officials have instructed lake resort owners not to allow guests to visit the volcanic island.

The volcano has erupted more than 30 times since the 16th century. An eruption in 1911 killed nearly 2 000 people.

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