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Monday, 17 January, 2000, 15:47 GMT
In pictures: Guatemala eruption




Children from the town of Amatitlan, 30km (18 miles) south of Guatemala City, watch the country's most active volcano, The Pacaya, erupt.



A series of thunderbolts can be seen shooting from the dust cloud over the Pacaya Volcano. As the eruption continued, Guatemala's national disaster response team said it was monitoring developments.



The eruption sent bursts of lava hundreds of metres into the air.



While ash soared as high as 3,000 meters (6,600ft).



About 155 people were evacuated from their homes on Sunday, taking shelter in San Vicente, 35km (22 miles) south of Guatemala City.



Pacaya is the most active of Guatemala's 32 volcanoes, with three lava flows formed in eruptions between 1989 and 1991.



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