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Guatemala Fuego volcano eruption forces evacuation

  • Tens of thousands of people were evacuated in Guatemala on Thursday after the Fuego volcano began to spew ash and lava.

    According to volcanologists, powerful eruptions propelled burning rocks as high as 3,280 feet above the crater as lava flowed down its slopes.

    The eruption of Fuego, located some 31 miles south west of Guatemala City, is the biggest since 1999.

    Head of Emergency Evacuations Sergio Cabanas said more than 33,000 people had been evacuated.

    Officials from the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) said lava had encompassed a 4.3-mile area on the south and south western side of Fuego.

    At 12,336 feet high, Fuego is one of Central America's most active volcanoes.