Guatemala warily monitors erupting volcano

January 4, 2016
The Fuego volcano, seen from San Juan Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez departament, about 50 km southwest of Guatemala City
The Fuego volcano, seen from San Juan Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez departament, about 50 km southwest of Guatemala City, erupts on November 10, 2015

Guatemalan authorities Monday warily monitored the eruption of a volcano near its capital that spewed columns of ash up to seven kilometers (four miles) high.

Fuego Volcano, located just 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Guatemala City, rumbled back into higher intensity explosive activity on Sunday after months of fitfulness.

Guatemala's Volcanological Institute has advised to ensure flights do not come into contact with the .

A spokesman for the country's disaster response agency, David de Leon, said the ash billowing from the 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) high volcano was fanning dozens of kilometers (miles) to the south and west. Light tremors were also being felt in nearby villages.

He said no evacuation order had yet been given, but that civil protection officials were closely watching the eruption.

In February 2015, Fuego Volcano had a powerful eruption that prompted an alert and the closure of the capital's airport.

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AngryMoose
not rated yet Jan 04, 2016
"dozens of kilometers (miles)"
= some miles. just so people don't get confused.
RealScience
not rated yet Jan 05, 2016
"dozens of kilometers (miles)"
= some miles. just so people don't get confused.


I like this author's conversion style:
Translating 50 km to 30 miles instead of 31 miles is refreshing, and it keeps the sense that the distance is a nice round-number approximation.
And for those who still don't think in metric, converting 'dozens of kilometers' to 'dozens of miles' conveys both the order of magnitude and the approximation nature of the original measurement.

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