El Fuego Volcano Erupts Near Guatemala

El Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted Thursday for the sixth time this year forcing over 33,000 people to evacuate from different towns.

Spewing lava some 2,000 feet down two slopes, and having ash fly two miles upwards, this volcano covered homes and buildings, the government disaster agency said.

Fuego erupted five times earlier this year, but this one was the biggest since 1999.

Extremely hot gases were erupting and rolling down the sides of the volcano, which was all covered in ash and smoke.

Seventeen towns are in the evacuation zone and by midday today, more than 10,000 people had fled, officials said. They also told the press that flights through the area could be affected.

With an orange alert, the second-highest level, and people having respiratory problems, many organizations set up emergency shelters.

Noe I. for Windows of the World.

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