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Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano Erupts

By Allie Goolrick
Published: March 2, 2014

AP Photo/Moises Castillo

A column of ash rises from the Pacaya volcano as seen from Villa Nueva, Guatemala, Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The Pacaya volcano near Guatemala City erupted early Sunday, shooting plumes of ash and vapor 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) high and spewing glowing-hot rock and lava, the Associated Press reports.

The eruption is the latest round of activity at the scenic volcano located just 30 miles (50 kms) south of Guatemala City.

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The ash plume was moving southwest and west, away from the capital.

The BBC reports that flights have been diverted from the area and officials are considering evacuating people who live nearby.

"We are assessing with the National Disaster Management Centre (Conred) whether we will need to evacuate the 3,000 people who live in the villages of El Rodeo and Patrocinio," said the Pacaya National Park director, Humberto Morales.

Pacaya is one of Guatemala's most active and picturesque volcanoes. An eruption in January sent lava flowing down one side of the volcano, leading to evacuations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mount Sinabung erupts with molten rocks and hot gasses under the full moon as seen from Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)


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