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About 250 residents were evacuated Thursday from the slopes of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire as red-hot rock and ash flowed down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly 2018 eruption.
Firefighters said residents of the hamlet of Panimache were taken to shelters.
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Guatemala’s disaster agency said the volcano had been emitting ash clouds that could affect as many as 100,000 people in communities around the peak.
The Volcano of Fire in southern Guatemala — one of the most active in Central America — erupted Thursday. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy, File)
The 12,300-foot high Volcano of Fire is one of the most active in Central America. The 2018 eruption killed 194 people and left another 234 missing.
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The biggest danger from the volcano are lahars, a mixture of ash, rock, mud and debris, that can bury entire towns.
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The disaster agency said that such lahars were flowing down four of the seven gullies on the volcano’s flanks.