El Salvador eruption seen from space

Global News

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.

READ MORE:El Salvador begins evacuations near volcano following ash burst

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.

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