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El Salvador volcano erupts, prompts evacuations

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 - 00:37

Dec. 29 - Evacuations are ordered as Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador spews ash and smoke into air. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador belched a column of hot ash high into the air on Sunday, frightening nearby residents and prompting authorities to order evacuations in the area. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the San Miguel region, where the volcano is located and that is known for its coffee plantations. Civil protection authorities said they would evacuate people from within three kilometers (1.9 miles) of the volcano and set up emergency shelters. They estimated some 5,000 people lived around the volcano. The volcano, which is about 140 kilometers (86 miles) to the east of the capital, spewed ash over a wide area and the smell of sulfur hung over surrounding towns, according to reports on social media. Authorities recommended breathing through moist handkerchiefs. El Salvador has 23 active volcanoes and the Chaparrastique volcano is considered one of the most active, with 26 eruptions in the last 500 years, the environment ministry said. In a 1976 eruption, lava gushed from the volcano and it shook violently in another event in 2010.

El Salvador volcano erupts, prompts evacuations

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 - 00:37

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