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Two Dead in El Salvador Eruption


Officials have confirmed the deaths of at least two people as a result of Saturday's violent volcanic eruption in El Salvador's western coffee growing region.

Smoke and ash spewed more than 15 kilometers into the air when the Ilamatepec volcano erupted Saturday morning. Boiling water rushed down the slopes of the mountain as villagers evacuated, and reporters on the scene say they saw rocks as large as automobiles blasted into the air.

Ilamatepec, also known as the Santa Ana volcano, is located about 64 kilometers from the capital city of San Salvador.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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