Thousands evacuated after El Salvador volcano erupts

The Chaparrastique volcano, located near the city of San Miguel, erupted yesterday. Credit: APTN

Thousands of people have been evacuated in El Salvador after a volcano erupted near the city of San Miguel.

People walking on road as they attempt to protect themselves from the volcanic ash Credit: APTN

Residents near the Chaparrastique volcano said they heard an explosion before it began spewing a cloud of smoke and hot ash yesterday.

Rescue workers helping residents get onto truck so they can evacuate the area. Credit: APTN

El Salvador's Red Cross says evacuations have been ordered for inhabitants living within about three kilometres (two miles) of the 2,129-metre (7,025-foot) volcano.