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Volcanic Alert

April 08, 2007
Bulusan Volcano in the central Philippines exploded before dawn today, while Taal Volcano near the capital is showing obvious signs of unrest. Residents of Casiguran town in Sorsogon province, where Bulusan Volcano sits, were surprised after they got a glimpse of the explosion that sent ash up to five kilometers high. "It's a cruel Easter greeting. It had kept quiet for three weeks, then exploded just like that." At least five villages in the town south of the volcano have been alerted to take precautions, including using towels and face masks to protect themselves from the ash fall. The volcano authority said that residents within the volcano's four-kilometer permanent danger zone have to move out of the area. Meanwhile, the Phivolcs also raised the alert against venturing near Taal Volcano in Batangas, some 80 kilometers to the south of Manila. Taal had been showing "much abnormality" in past days. "The crater is hot and bubbling. People should not venture near the crater area."

Bulusan has been “abnormal" since March 2006 - acting up in June, October and December 2006, and January 2007.
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