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Central American Volcano Kills Crops, Shutters Schools May 7, 2010
Santiaguito ash cloud
Classes were suspended at schools in three Guatemalan provinces as a precaution against falling ash.
Guatemalan officials restricted air traffic over the country because of ash clouds that suddenly began to spew from two separate volcanoes.

An eruption of Santiaguito produced a column of volcanic debris that soared more than 27,000 feet into the Central American skies.

Disaster officials said falling ash damaged local crops but caused no human injuries.

The eruption was followed by renewed activity within Fuego volcano, located near Guatemala’s colonial capital of Antigua.

A third active volcano, Pacaya, was releasing gas.

Guatemala has about 288 volcanoes, but only eight have been been active during recorded history.

Photo: INSIVUMEH