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El Salvador volcano belches smoke and sparks evacuation

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El Salvador volcano belches smoke and sparks evacuation

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A suddenly active volcano in eastern El Salvador has prompted the authorities to order an evacuation of the surrounding three kilometre area.

The Chaparrastique is one of the country’s 23 active volcanoes and lies in a region known for its coffee plantations.

Some 5,000 people live in the area.

A fall of heavy ash is bad news for coffee producers with its crop already blighted by leaf rust that has reduced output in all five of Central America’s coffee producers.


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