February 28, 2000
Nicaragua's San Cristobal Volcano exploded last Friday,
spewing out lava and raining ash over the cities of Corinto, El Viejo
The highly active volcano, located in the northern region
of Nicaragua, has been experiencing increased seismic activity since
November 22, when it sent gas and ash 10,000 feet into the sky after having
been dormant for several years.
Government officials issued warnings to residents to
sweep the volcanic ash from their roofs and to protect their food and water.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2000
Massive Volcano Eruption in Philippines turns "day
into night," 83,000 flee
A massive eruption blotted out the sun and turned
"day into night" around Mayon volcano in the eastern Philippines
on Tuesday, pushing the number of displaced residents in the region to
83,000, officials said.
Loud booming explosions, akin to the sound of an
artillery duel, were heard from more than 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) away in
mid-afternoon as rocks and dark ash clouds shot up 14 kilometers (8.7 miles)
from the crater. "They are having the Pinatubo experience,"
said chief Filipino volcanologist.
March 2, 2000
Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano explodes
Guatemala's Pacaya volcano exploded on Tuesday, prompting
officials to declare a red alert in the capital Guatemala City, 24 miles to
the South. The volcanic explosion spewed ash 6,560 feet into the sky
and over surrounding communities. Two rivers of lava flowed down the
Southern slopes of the mountain.
Military troops were dispatched to the region to help
evacuate residents. Disaster officials reported that the residents of
San Vicente Pacaya were also being moved.
The explosion was the second this year. Pacaya last
erupted on January 16, forcing the evacuation of three communities.