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Perils of a smouldering beauty; Towns in fear of volcano.

IT looks beautiful when you're standing at a safe distance.

But thousands of people are living in fear after a volcano spewed lava almost 500 feet into the sky.

The Pacaya Volcano, the most active in Guatemala, has blown its top again.

And the towns of El Caracol and Patrocino have been warned to be ready to evacuate.

The volcano, 16 miles south of Guatemala City, erupted yesterday morning .

Glowing lava flowed south towards El Caracol. And ash spat out by the volcano soared to a height of more than 6500 feet. People so far have been able to stay in their homes.

But Guatemala's disaster response team say they are standing by.

Pacaya is the most active of the country's 32 volcanoes.

There were three eruptions between 1989 and 1991, and in 1998, the 2552-meter (8370-foot) volcano twice spewed up plumes of ash, forcing evacuations and the shutting down of Guatemala City airport.
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Date:Jan 18, 2000
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