Thousands evacuated after El Salvador volcano erupts

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

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