Dueling Volcanoes Erupt in Guatemala and Ecuador
May 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—When it rains it pours, or in this case spews volcanic lava. Two volcanoes in the Central American countries of Guatemala and Ecuador began erupting on Thursday causing airports and schools to close, as thousands of terrified residents fled from the path of choking volcanic ash, rocks and lava.
The Pacaya volcano, considered one of the most active in Central America, erupted in Guatemala, killing two people, with three children missing. As Guatemala City, became covered in volcanic ash, thousands of people evacuated the city, with President Alvaro Colom declaring a state of emergency.
The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador spewed ash plumes six miles into the atmosphere, forcing the evacuation of several villages and the closure of the airport in the country’s largest City of Guayaquil.
Source: BBC News
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Bamse, picture taken 2002 by Jens Tobiska