Thousands evacuated as El Salvador volcano spews ashes
SAN SALVADOR (AFP) - Some 2,000 people were evacuated in eastern El Salvador on Sunday when the Chaparrastique volcano belched and spewed a column of ashes high into the sky.
The 2,330-metre high volcano began erupting around 1630 GMT (12.30am Monday Singapore time), and authorities suspended scores of flights across parts of the small Central American country. No victims were reported.
The volcano belched for about 2.5 hours, the environmental ministry said.
President Mauricio Funes late Sunday took to the airwaves to tell his nation that, while the eruptions seemed to have ceased, there could be more volcanic activity in the next days.