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Guatemala Fuego volcano eruption triggers evacuation

14 September 2012 Last updated at 07:37 BST

Guatemala has evacuated thousands of people after the Fuego volcano started spewing ash and lava.

Volcanologists said powerful eruptions were catapulting burning rocks as high as 1,000m (3,280ft) above the crater and lava was flowing down its slopes.

Local residents reported how the roaring of the volcano shook windows and roofs in nearby villages.

Experts say the eruption of the Fuego, 50km (31 miles) south-west of Guatemala City, is the biggest since 1999.

Alpa Patel reports.