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A volcano erupted in El Salvador, prompting evacuations, according to a Dec. 29 CBS News report. The Chaparrastique volcano erupted Sunday, sending clouds of gas and ash about three miles into the air.

“We have implemented emergency measures to evacuate villages located within 3 kilometers of the volcano,” Civil Defense Director Jorge Melendez said. Investigators continued to search the area for fresh signs of lava after a yellow alert was issued. Even with impending danger, not all the residents were willing to leave their homes pursuant to the evacuations, but “One has to leave for one’s own safety,” Melendez advised.

Al Jeezera reports that El Salvador has 23 active volcanoes and the Chaparrastique volcano is oen of the most active in the region, with 26 eruptions in the last 500 years, the environment ministry said.

While about 5,000 people live around the Chaparrastique volcano, which is about 140 kilometers to the east of the capital, there are no immediate reports of injuries, according to civil protection official Armando Vividor, who added, “The evacuations began almost right after the explosion.”

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