TORONTO – In a perfect illustration of how far volcanic ash can travel, NASA has released a photo of the recent ash plume from a volcano in El Salvador.
On Dec. 29, 2013, El Salvador’s Chaparrastique Volcano (also known as San Miguel) shot ash more than 71 km downwind and 5 km into the air.
Thousands of people have been evacuated in surrounding locations including the cities of San Miguel, San Jorge, San Rafael Oriente, and Chinameca.
VIDEO: Timelapse of El Salvador volcano
As of Wednesday, the country remained on yellow alert, with fear that the volcano could emit sulphur and magma.
Chaparrastique is 2130 m in altitude and has had several eruptions in recent years.