September 15, 2012
Lava flows late Thursday from the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, as seen from the town of Palin, south of Guatemala City. The long-simmering volcano exploded with a series of powerful eruptions outside one of Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions, hurling thick clouds of ash and spewing rivers of lava down its flanks.
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A terrifying eruption of one of the world’s most active volcanos tapered off Friday into a draw for delighted tourists, who snapped photos from a neighboring colonial city and made plans to take night hikes to see glowing rivers of lava.