Authorities evacuated hundreds of people living on the slopes of a
volcano in western El Salvador on Saturday after it spat large
rocks and ash from its crater during an early morning
El Salvador's geological study center said the Ilamatepec volcano, also known as Santa Ana, spat heavy rocks as far as 1.6km from its crater.
government issued a red alert to nearby villages but no injuries
Mauricio Cromeyer, who owns a house near the volcano, told Reuters by phone that rocks about a metre wide were falling around his property.
Situated in a major coffee-growing area 64 km west of San Salvador, Ilamatepec, the largest of the country's 23 volcanoes, has been increasingly active since July 2004 but has not erupted since 1904.
There were no immediate reports of damage to coffee crops.