Nicaraguan volcano spews ash 3 miles high

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A Nicaraguan soldier wears a protective mask as the San Cristobal volcano, in background, spews smoke and ash, near Chinandega, Nicaragua, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Nicaragua’s tallest volcano, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Managua, near the Honduran border, has let off a series of explosions, spewing gases and showering ash on nearby towns, prompting an evacuations of residents. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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The San Cristobal volcano, Nicaragua's highest active peak, belched an ash plume about 3 miles into the atmosphere on Saturday, Sept. 8. About 3,000 people had to be evacuated, and the government said up to 20,000 may be affected.

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