PHOTOS: 33,000 Flee as Volcano Erupts in Guatemala

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 15, 2012; 4:26 PM ET
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33,000 Flee as Volcano Erupts in Guatemala

Storified by Accu Weather · Thu, Sep 13 2012 15:37:38

Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Thursday roughly 6 miles southwest of Antigua. More than 33,000 people were forced to evacuate the area.  


The Guatemalan Red Cross had set up 10 emergency shelters Thursday and was sending hygiene kits and water to those in need.


"Looking at some computer models, it appears that the prevailing wind over Guatemala City Friday into this weekend will be from the north and northeast," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said. 


"This wind direction would help to steer most of the smoke and ash from the eruption away from the city through Sunday."

Volcano Fuego erupting in Antigua, Guatemala #Fuego #Antigua #Guatemala http://pic.twitter.com/GuMwxaViR.Needham
RT @webcamsdemexico: Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala el día de hoy. Impresionante http://twitpic.com/au9kuxEsperanza ortiz cano
@cnneireport volacan de Fuego em Guatemala http://pic.twitter.com/kmOB79xJIngrid de Leon Vela
Photo of the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire http://pic.twitter.com/uiROY1mV #GuatemalaBarra Best
Imagen de la actividad del Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala hace algunos minutos - (vía: @vjerez1) - http://pic.twitter.com/7d6NzWEVSantiago Contreras
#Guatemala Volcano Fuego #dramatic eruption. The one next to it in photo has an elevation of 14k ft http://pic.twitter.com/TwNf3P22peter torrebiarte
Photo from the Volcano of Fire in #Guatemala via @ConredGuatemala (a government twitter) http://pic.twitter.com/6TX3EU6JThe Weather Network
RT @tweet_quake: [FOTO] Ceniza del Volcán de Fuego cubre la carretera después de Cocales/ vía @MarcoMakito #Guatemala http://twitpic.com/au9nyyJenniffer Andrade

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