Philippines says danger high despite volcano ‘lull’ Jan 17, 2020 0 126 12345 AFPTagaytay, PhilippinesThe threat of the Philippines’ Taal volcano unleashing a potentially catastrophic eruption remains high, authorities warned on Thursday, saying it was showing dangerous signs despite a “lull” in spewing ash.Scores of earthquakes rattle the region daily and large fissures are opening up in the ground, which means the magma that would fuel a major eruption is still flowing beneath.Authorities are struggling to keep evacuees, some 50,000 of whom fled to shelters after Taal burst to life on Sunday, away from the danger zone around the volcano.People are trying to get back to homes they left in a hurry to get a change of clothes, feed livestock and pets and check on properties damaged by the fissures or covered with a thick layer of ash.“Please allow us to observe the lull period for now. We are studying what that means,” Maria Antonia Bornas, a scientist from the Philippines’ seismology agency told reporters. “A long lull could be just a break from volcanic activity,” she said. “The danger remains.” Authorities have warned since Sunday that the volcano, which sits south of Manila and is one of the country’s most active, could let loose a powerful eruption in “hours or days”.Taal’s last eruption was in 1977, but it has a long history of activity. In 1965 an eruption at the volcano, which is a popular tourist attraction set in a picturesque lake, killed some 200 people. The country’s most powerful explosion in recent years was the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, about 100 kilometres northwest of Manila, which killed more than 800 people. RELATED ARTICLES Taliban propose brief Afghan ceasefire to the US, say sources Jan 17, 2020 0 101 THE ‘INTERCEPTOR’ — MALAYSIA’S LATEST WEAPON TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT Jan 17, 2020 0 1547 Putin’s new PM promises ‘real changes’ for Russians Jan 17, 2020 0 673 Secret mission saves Australia’s ‘dinosaur trees’ from bushfires AFP Sydney A secret operation by specialist firefighters has saved the world’s last stand of Wollemi Pines, a pre-historic species known as “dinosaur trees”, from Australia’s unprecedented bushfires, officials .. Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak Tokyo: Japan has confirmed a case of a mystery virus that first emerged in China and is from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen, authorities said on Thursday. It appears to be only the second time the novel .. Former Philippine police chief indicted for drugs war corruption Manila: The former chief police enforcer of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs will be charged with corruption for allegedly protecting officers linked to the narcotics trade, the justice .. Alleged slap in face costs 300,000 dollars and a sheep in Afghanistan Kabul: A traditional council of elders in Afghanistan has told a former lawmaker to pay an Afghan minister 300,000 dollars in cash along with a sheep to compensate for an alleged slap in the face. A tribal leader and deputy .. India to invite Pakistani PM to October regional summit DPA New Delhi New Delhi will invite Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit when it hosts the event later this year, Indian officials said on Thursday. “India will be ..