El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano

Dec 30, 2013
A man watches as the Chaparrastique volcano shoots a a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air in the city of San Miguel, El Salvador, Sunday Dec. 29, 2013. The spokesman for El Salvador's Red Cross says evacuations have been ordered for inhabitants living within about two miles (three kilometers) of the peak. The volcano last erupted in 1976. (AP Photo/Nely Villatoro-Imagenes Libres)

Authorities in El Salvador evacuated an area around the Chaparrastique volcano after the peak shot a cloud of gas and ash about 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air on Sunday.

Civil Defense Director Jorge Melendez said a yellow alert had been issued and investigators had been sent to the area to look for signs of fresh lava, but that none has been detected so far.

"We have implemented emergency measures to evacuate villages located within 3 kilometers of the ," Melendez said. Shelters have been set up for the evacuees, but Melendez said some inhabitants had been loath to leave their homes. "One has to leave for one's own safety," he said.

Assistant Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza said two people had been treated at hospitals for apparently linked to the eruption, "but we do not have any serious cases to report."

"We are providing assistance to people evacuating, and we are asking them to protect themselves against the gases, which can affect the ," Espinoza said. He also urged those near the volcano to avoid drinking from local water sources.

The 7,025-foot (2,129-meter) volcano is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Salvador, the capital. Its last significant eruption was in 1976.

The Chaparrastique volcano shoots a a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air as seen from the city of San Miguel, El Salvador, Sunday Dec. 30, 2013. The spokesman for El Salvador's Red Cross says evacuations have been ordered for inhabitants living within about two miles (three kilometers) of the peak. The volcano last erupted in 1976. (AP Photo/Nely Villatoro-Imagenes Libres)

San Miguel is one of the country's largest cities and is located 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the volcano.

Explore further: New detector sniffs out origins of methane

4.3 /5 (3 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Ecuador volcano blasts lava high above crater

Dec 18, 2012

Volcano monitors say Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot lava a half mile (1 kilometer) above its crater overnight and blasted hot rock and gas nearly 2 miles (3 kilometers) down its flank.

3,500 evacuate as volcano erupts in southern Chile

Jun 05, 2011

(AP) -- One of the volcanos in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile erupted violently Saturday, billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate.

Guatemala volcano erupts outside tourist center

Sep 13, 2012

(AP)—A long-simmering volcano exploded into 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) ...

Villagers evacuated as Ecuador volcano erupts

Dec 05, 2010

(AP) -- The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is billowing ash into the sky and sending super-hot pyroclastic flows surging down its slopes, causing authorities to evacuate nearby villages.

Mexico volcano spews ash on towns

May 15, 2013

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spewed a new column of ash late Tuesday, with some of the material falling on three towns while glowing rocks landed on the towering mountain's slope.

Recommended for you

Stuck-in-the-mud plankton reveal ancient temperatures

6 hours ago

New research in Nature Communications showing how tiny creatures drifted across the ocean before falling to the seafloor and being fossilised has the potential to improve our understanding of past climat ...

NASA sees Mozambique Channel's new tropical storm

7 hours ago

Tropical Cyclone 15S formed in the Mozambique Channel of the Southern Indian Ocean, and the Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite gathered data on its rainfall rates.

How rain is dependent on soil moisture

7 hours ago

It rains in summer most frequently when the ground holds a lot of moisture. However, precipitation is most likely to fall in regions where the soil is comparatively dry. This is the conclusion reached by ...

ESA image: Hungarian mosaic

8 hours ago

This image of Hungary, with the political border in white, is a mosaic of 11 scans by Sentinel-1A's radar from October to December 2014.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.