Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Clouds of volcanic ash rise up from damaged trees in Laurel, Batangas province, southern Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Taal volcano is spewing lava half a mile high and trembling with earthquakes constantly as thousands of people flee villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) - A volcano near the Philippine capital is spewing lava half a mile high and trembling with earthquakes as tens of thousands of people flee villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash.

The activity at the Taal volcano could portend a much bigger and dangerous eruption.

Scientists say new fissures in the ground and frequent earthquakes indicate rising magma.

Heavy and prolonged ash fall is forecast in nearby villages and the number of evacuees is expected to swell.

Government work has been suspended and schools closed in a wide swath of towns and cities, including the bustling capital, Manila, because of health risks from the ash.

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