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Chaparrastique volcano eruption sparks evacuations in El Salvador


Thousands of people in eastern El Salvador are leaving their homes after the Chaparrastique volcano erupted on Sunday morning.

Residents in the region said they had heard a powerful explosion before the Chaparrastique volcano began spewing hot ash and smoke into the air.

No one has been hurt, say the authorities. Anyone living in a 2 mile radius will be evacuated.

Temporary shelters are being set up in the area.

Thousands of people in eastern El Salvador are leaving their homes after the Chaparrastique volcano erupted

Thousands of people in eastern El Salvador are leaving their homes after the Chaparrastique volcano erupted

Civil protection authorities say that some 5,000 people live in the area, in San Miguel province.

The eruption began at 10:30 local time.

The Salvadoran government says it had been monitoring the situation since December 13, when they detected increased activity inside the volcano.

There are more than 20 volcanoes in the small Central American nation.

At 2,129 metres (7,000 ft) above sea level, Chaparrastique is the third highest volcano in the country.

Chaparrastique spewed lava in 1976 and caused a strong tremor in the area in 2010.

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