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A long-simmering volcano exploded with a series of powerful eruptions
outside one of Guatemala's most famous tourist attractions on Thursday,
hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high,
spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and prompting evacuation orders
for more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.
Guatemala's head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the
evacuees were ordered to leave some 17 villages around the Volcano del
Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the
colonial city of Antigua, home to 45,000 people. The ash was blowing
south-southeast and authorities said the tourist center of the country
was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last
for at least 12 more hours.
Hundreds of cars, trucks and buses, blanketed with charcoal grey cash,
sped away from the volcano along the a two-lane paved highway toward
Guatemala City. Dozens of people crammed into the backs of trucks. Thick
clouds of ash reduced visibility to less than 10 feet in the area of
sugarcane fields surrounding the volcano. The elderly, women and
children filled old school buses and ambulances that carried them from
The agency said lava rolled nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes
billowing with ash around the Volcano del Fuego, a 12,346-foot-high
(3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as "Volcano of Fire."
"A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption,
with strong explosions and columns of ash," said Gustavo Chicna, a
volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology,
Meteorology and Hydrology. He said cinders spewing from the volcano were
settling a half-inch thick in some places.
He said extremely hot gases were also rolling down the sides of the
volcano, which was almost entirely wreathed in ash and smoke. The
emergency agency warned that flights through the area could be affected.
There was a red alert, the highest level, south and southeast of the
mountain, where, Chicna said, "it's almost in total darkness."
He said ash was landing as far as 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the volcano.
By Thursday evening, the ash plume had decreased to a little more than a
mile high, partly due to rain, which diminished the potential risk to
aviation, said Jorge Giron, a government volcanologist. He said ash
still continued to fall heavily, however, and advised residents near the
volcano but outside evacuation zones to clean their water systems
before using them, and not leave their homes because of potential health
effects from the ash.
He said a red alert would be in effect until 4 a.m. local time.
Teresa Marroquin, disaster coordinator for the Guatemalan Red Cross,
said the organization had set up 10 emergency shelters and was sending
hygiene kits and water.
"There are lots of respiratory problems and eye problems," she said.
Many of those living around the volcano are indigenous Kakchikeles
people who live in relatively poor and isolated communities, and
authorities said they expected to encounter difficulties in evacuating
all the affected people from the area.
Officials in the Mexican state of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala,
said they were monitoring the situation in case winds drove ash toward
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