Officials in the Philippines are warning that a volcano near Manila could erupt again in the coming days and the impact could be prolonged.
The Taal volcano, located about 60 kilometers from the capital, erupted on Sunday, sending smoke to a height of 15,000 meters and spewing volcanic ash. The eruption is believed to have been a steam blast.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says that smoke is still rising to a height of about 2,000 meters and more than 280 volcanic earthquakes have been observed. The institute has raised the alert level to the second highest level of 4.
Authorities say more than 30,000 people have been evacuated and about 200 shelters have been set up.
Officials in Batangas province, where the volcano is located, and nearby Cavite province have decided to keep schools closed on Wednesday.