Latin America Facing Two Volcano Eruptions

File photo of Tungurahua volcano eruption in 1996.

Two volcanoes are wreaking havoc in Latin America. One in Guatemala and another in Ecuador.

The Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador erupted on Friday, sending a large cloud of ash into the air. No injuries or deaths have been reported, but authorities continue to monitor the event. The volcano is located 90 miles south of Quito. Tungurahua had also erupted in 1999 and 2006.

Meanwhile in Guatemala, the Pacaya volcano that erupted on Thursday, has killed at least three people, including a TV reporter, Aníbal Archila, who was hit by rocks and debris. Pacaya is only 17 miles south of Guatemala City — the country’s capital.

Guatemala emergency personnel say that four villages have been evacuated and at least 1700 people have taken shelter elsewhere. Dozens of people have suffered injuries and at least three children have been reported missing.

On Friday, the Pacaya volcano seemed calmer after overnight rains hit the area, but geologist predict the volcano will spew lava in the next several hours.

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One Response to Latin America Facing Two Volcano Eruptions

  1. Ole Ole Olson
    Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    May 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    What’s with all the volcanoes and earthquakes this year? Mother. Nature. Is. Pissed!