(NDJ) – The ‘Fire’ volcano in Guatemala erupted, threatening several towns and causing thousands of residents to flee.
NDJ World | Published: Sep 14 2012 South America→World News
The ‘Volcan de Fuego’ – volcano of fire – spewed thick ash clouds more than 1.86 miles into the air on Thursday. Large amount of lava streamed 2000 feet down the volcano side. 17 towns have been evacuated.
Seismologists believe the volcano will probably continue to erupt and spew out ash and lava for at least 12 more hours. The ash clouds are moving south direction Antigua, a colonial city popular with tourists. The city is yet out of harms way.Guatemala Seismology and Volcano Department said that the flanks of the volcano are on both sides completely covered with ash and smoke rises from the grey matter.
Red Cross has set up 10 emergency stations to receive those who fled their homes and who are now in need of shelter, water, food and other items.
“Many are suffering from respiratory problems and problems with their eyes because of the ash,” a spokesperson for the Red Cross said.
Thus far, planes have not been ordered to stay grounded because of the ash clouds but experts warn that air travel coming to a grinding halt over the next few days, is a real possibility.
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