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El Salvador officials evacuate 1,000 people near volcano as seismic activity increases

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — At least 1,000 people living near the Chaparrastique volcano have been evacuated as a precautionary measure after seismic activity increased at the volcano, Salvadoran civil protection authorities said today.

There was an explosion early today and the volcano then spewed reddish ash, officials said.

The Civil Protection Department said in a statement that an alert had been declared for the municipality of San Miguel, where the volcano is located. The city of San Miguel itself is 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the volcano. It is one of the largest cities in the Central American country.

The 7,025-foot volcano is about 90 miles east of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.

The volcano’s last significant eruption was in 1976.

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