Friday, May 28, 2010

Big volcanic eruptions in Guatemala, Ecuador

Vents, Pacaya volcano, Guatemala City, GuatemalaImage by Le Grand Portage via Flickr

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An American Airlines jet is parked in the tarmac covered with ash from the eruption of the Pacaya Volcano at the international airport in Guatemala City, Friday May 28, 2010. The volcano started erupting lava and rocks on Thursday afternoon, blanketing Guatemala City with ash and forcing the closure of the international airport. One television reporter has been killed and thousands of residents from villages closest to the volcano have been evacuated to shelters. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Pos)

GUATEMALA CITY - Explosive eruptions shook two huge volcanos in Central and South America on Friday, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupting air traffic as ash drifted over major cities.

Guatemala's Pacaya volcano started erupting lava and rocks Thursday afternoon, blanketing the country's capital with ash and forcing the closure of the international airport. A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning rocks
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