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Volcanic Ash Plume Skyrockets In Guatemala


April 27, 2010 — Guatemala's Santiaguito volcano has sent an ash plume exploding into the atmosphere at a height of 8,300 metres above sea level.

The ash cloud is so severe, it's dusted at least four provinces.

The volcano has calmed since Monday's blow-up, however, moderate explosions are still being witnessed.

No injuries have been reported, but the blast did damage local flower harvests.

Schools were closed in various communities as a precaution and flights were halted near the volcano.

Santiaguito is a crater on the slope of the 3,772 m Santa Maria volcano, located about 200 km northwest of Guatemala City.

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