May 30, 2010 — Two volcanoes are erupting in south and central America are causing transport headaches.
Two volcanoes that are erupting are spewing ash into the air and closing airports. Just as the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland shut airports across Europe, the activity in Ecuador and Guatemala is causing similar problems.
In Ecuador, activity in the Tungurahua volcano, locally known as the 'Throat of Fire' began to subside. Police are now allowing some of the thousands of people forced to evacuate the area, to return home. José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport will be allowed to reopen before the end of the weekend. Officials decided to close the airport due to the amount of ash in the air.
In Guatemala, at least 2 people, including a reporter were killed. Dozens more were hurt when the Pacaya volcano erupted south of the capital earlier in the week.
On Saturday,officials at the country's main airport said commercial traffic in and out of the port will be cancelled until conditions improve. There is no indication when that may be.
Pacaya is the most active of Guatemala's 32 volcanoes. It has been intermittently erupting since 1966.