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Volcano begins to erupt east of El Salvador


SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador –

Authorities in El Salvador on Monday warned residents near the Chaparrastique volcano in the east of the country to be on the lookout after it began erupting.

The Environment Ministry’s observatory reported explosions at the central crater located about 83 miles (135 km) east of the capital. It indicates the intensity of the eruption as 1 on a scale of 0 to 8.

The eruption began on Sunday when the volcano launched rock and ash to the areas surrounding the crater. Has anyone been injured reported.

Civil Defense Director Luis Alonso Amaya said three cities were on alert.

Authorities are preparing 26 shelters that can hold more than 10,000 people and installing a command post to provide the latest information on volcanic activity.

The safe zone has been extended to a radius of 3.7 miles (6 km) from the crater.

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