Philippines Volcano – level 3
Almost half a million people have to evacuate their homes as authorities in the Philippines warn that the Taal Volcano could erupt soon.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the volcano’s alert status after it began shooting smoke and ash into the air on Sunday. This alert means that an eruption is possible within hours to days.
Officials advise residents to wear masks because breathing in volcanic ash can cause respiratory problems. Ash fall from the volcano lead to the cancellation of over 240 flights, and government offices and schools in Manila have been shut down.
The Philippines are located in an area with a lot of seismic and volcanic activity; it is called the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Difficult words: alert (a warning of danger), respiratory (related to breathing), ash fall (when a lot of ash falls at one time), seismic (related to earthquakes).
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