MANILA, Jan. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Hundreds of families fled home for fear of a possible tsunami after moderate volcanic earthquakes hitthe northern Philippines, a local TV reported Monday.
Quoting a Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) report, the ABS-CBN news channel said that the first earthquake in Taal Volcano occurred at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, with an intensity 3 on the Richter scale, and an intensity 2 quake was also recorded a minute.
Some 300 families, who left home and sought shelter at the public market and school, have been advised to remain calm since that volcanic quakes do not usually result in tsunamis, the TV report said.
However, the Phivolcs has raised the alert status of Taal Volcano to Level 1 because of the increased level of earthquake activity.
It also advised the public that the entire volcano island is a permanent danger zone and permanent settlement in the area is strictly prohibited. Enditem