Fuego Volcano Erupts, Sending Ash Plume Into Sky

People walk with face masks due to ashes from the Fuego volcano in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez departamento, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City on Febrary 7, 2015.

Scores of residents have been evacuated from their homes in southern Guatemala after the Fuego volcano erupted, the country’s president says.

Clouds of black ash belched into the sky, while showers of rock and dust fell on to surrounding towns.

The international airport in the capital Guatemala City was closed as result of the explosion, President Otto Perez said.

It is expected to reopen later on Sunday, reports suggest.

The Fuego volcano is about 40km (25 miles) south-west of the capital and stands 3,763 metres (12,346 feet) above sea level.

In September 2012 the authorities evacuated thousands of people from the area after Fuego started spewing large volumes of lava and ash.

Experts said at the time it was the biggest eruption from the mountain since 1999.

People walk near a car covered with ash in town of Antigua, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, February 7, 2015.

A man cleans ashes from the Fuego volcano off of his windshield in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez departamento, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City on Febrary 7, 2015

A waiter sweeps the ash covered terrace of a restaurant, from the eruption of the Fuego Volcano at Antigua Guatemala, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

A tourist covers his face with a surgical mask as he walks to protect himself from the ash from the eruption of the Fuego Volcano at Antigua Guatemala, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Original Article:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31231744

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