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El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano

El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano following ash burst

El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Authorities in El Salvador have begun evacuating an area around the Chaparrastique volcano after the peak shot a cloud of gas and ash about three miles (five kilometers) into the air.

The country's Environment Ministry says the eruption occurred early Sunday.

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.

Spokesman Carlos Lopez Mendoza says there have been no reports of injuries, despite a "quite strong explosion" at the peak.

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

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

Updated : 2021-07-29 14:52 GMT+08:00