Guatemala Volcano Eruption Subsides After 20 Hours

Authorities announced an orange alert earlier on Thursday, and schools near the volcano, which is 35 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City, were shut.

Guatemala Volcano Eruption Subsides After 20 Hours

The Volcan de Fuego triggered alarm in September 2012 when it erupted causing evacuation of residents.

Guatemala City, Guatemala: The eruption of a volcano near the Guatemalan capital subsided Thursday after 20 hours of activity that rained ash on nearby communities and prompted an orange alert, a spokesman said.

The eruption of the Volcan de Fuego ("Fire Volcano") sent ash towering 1.7 kilometers (one mile) into the sky and raining down on at least eight communities, said David de Leon, an emergency services spokesman.

Authorities announced an orange alert earlier on Thursday, and schools near the volcano, which is 35 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City, were shut.
 
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The Fuego volcano increased its eruptive activity spewing ash that reached nearby villages. (AFP)

The Volcan de Fuego, one of three active volcanos in Guatemala, triggered alarm in September 2012 when it erupted, causing the evacuation of 10,000 residents living nearby.

It is located very close to Antigua Guatemala, a colonial-era town very popular with tourists in the Central American country.


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