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Volcano spews ash in Guatemala


April 29, 2010 — Schools are closed and flights grounded as a volcano in Guatemala spews ash and sand.

Guatemala's Santiaguito volcano, which is about 200km west of the capital, erupted on Wednesday.

Now the volcano continues to spew ash and sand over the western part of the country. The plume of ash was sent more than 8,000 metres into the sky.

And for students, that means no school. Classes were suspended in three provinces as the constant dropping of ash could cause respiratory problems. Authorities are also concerned about damage to crops near the volcano. Flights have been grounded and banned within 15km of the crater.

“The eruption before this one occurred in 1989, in other words, nearly 20 or 21 years ago,” says one volcanologist.

Guataemala's volcano is about 200km west of the capital.

The plume of ash was sent more than 8,000 metres into the sky.

And for students, that means no school. Classes were suspended in three provinces as the constant dropping of ash could cause respiratory problems.

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