El Salvador volcano lofts smoke and ash 3 miles high

The Chaparrastique volcano, about 90 miles east of El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, erupted Sunday, spewing smoke and ash over 15,000 feet into the sky.

NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory featured this image, displaying the smoke plume as seen by the Suomi NPP Satellite.


Via NOAA: “The Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the event on December 29, 2013 at 19:20 UTC, approximately 2 hours after the eruption began. “

The Associated Press reports government officials are asking residents within about one mile of the volcano to evacuate.

Video below: An Environment Ministry camera in El Salvador caught dramatic pictures of the Chaparrastique volcano shooting gas and ash into the air on Sunday. Nearby residents were evacuated.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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