An erupting Taal volcano in the Philippines remains life-threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, according to an official who advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone.

Maria Antonia Bornas, an official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said on Friday that continuing volcanic quakes, the drying of the crater lake and other signs indicated magma was moving beneath.

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“When there is an explosion, that will be life-threatening, especially if people get very near, like on Volcano Island,” Renato Solidum, head of the institute, told The Associated Press news agency.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan, reporting from Batangas province, said she accompanied several top government officials on their very first reconnaissance flight over Lipa City towards Taal

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