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El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano

Salvador Volcano
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - Authorities in El Salvador evacuated an area around the Chaparrastique volcano after the peak shot a cloud of gas and ash about 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air on Sunday.

Civil Defense Director Jorge Melendez said a yellow alert had been issued and investigators had been sent to the area to look for signs of fresh lava, but that none has been detected so far.

"We have implemented emergency measures to evacuate villages located within 3 kilometers of the volcano," Melendez said. Shelters have been set up for the evacuees, but Melendez said some inhabitants had been loath to leave their homes. "One has to leave for one's own safety," he said.

Assistant Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza said two people had been treated at hospitals for respiratory problems apparently linked to the eruption, "but we do not have any serious cases to report."

"We are providing assistance to people evacuating, and we are asking them to protect themselves against the gases, which can affect the respiratory tract," Espinoza said. He also urged inhabitants near the volcano to avoid drinking from local water sources.

The 7,025-foot (2,129-meter) volcano is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Salvador, the capital. Its last significant eruption was in 1976.

San Miguel is one of the country's largest cities and is located 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the volcano.

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Allstate Produce December 30 2013 at 8:50 AM

I Thought Jimmy Carter was President when Mount Saint Helens erupted?????

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clamarflores December 30 2013 at 4:36 AM

May this not evolve to a dangerous event. Blessings to everyone that is affected in the area.

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shazaa.alyasmeen December 30 2013 at 4:32 AM

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stvhndyman December 30 2013 at 4:12 AM

Wasn't El Salvador recently rated as "One of the best places to retire"?

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frenchladyb December 30 2013 at 1:39 AM

Yolanda , I will pray for your family that they will return home safely

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frenchladyb December 30 2013 at 1:36 AM

Who wants to live near a volcano anyway, knowing that the darn thing can errupt at any moment?

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Yolanda December 30 2013 at 1:09 AM

Family is I Mexico right ow but return to San Miguel Tuesday> I hope they stay safe.

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guskids07 December 30 2013 at 12:43 AM

Praying for my family!

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seattle333 December 30 2013 at 12:12 AM

Why should they not drink local water sources?

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heathelaine December 30 2013 at 7:09 AM

During an eruption, chemicals such as sulfuric acid, and others are released into the air and water supply. Basically it poisons the water.

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Lmrphoto December 29 2013 at 9:38 PM

The comments on this matter are interesting. I'm no expert but, it doesn't seem a safe distance to relocate humans from this soon to be, eruption! And, as far as HE IS COMING BACK! This phase is generously used whenever a preacher needs a large donation. It was used a thousand years ago and it is still used today. In fact, it is the most used warning on earth.

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ListentoLynn December 30 2013 at 6:57 AM

sorry, but ....."who is coming back?" a warning of what?

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