El Salvador volcano quiets down after eruption
El Salvador's largest volcano was quiet, one day after spewing smoldering rock and ash that claimed least two lives.
Officials, nevertheless, kept a "red alert" in place in the case of another eruption of the Santa Ana or Ilamatepec volcano, located 66 kilometers (41 miles) west of the capital, which rumbled to life early Saturday.
The volcano belched plumes of ash that reached more than 15 kilometers (nine miles) into the sky, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate.
The eruption Saturday triggered a landslide of boiling mud and water from a crater lake that rushed down onto the hamlet of Palo Campana, located just two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the crater, while rock and ash rained down on villages in the coffee growing area.
Some of the debris was large as an automobile, witnesses said.
At least two people died and seven people were injured by red hot rocks spewed into the air by the eruption, the national police said.