Volcano erupts on Cabo Verde island of Fogo

2014-11-24 13:59
(Allan Imperial, AP)

(Allan Imperial, AP)

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Praia - A volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa erupted on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister said, calling for residents to evacuate.

A photograph posted on the local RTC TV station website showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky, visible from the capital Praia on a neighbouring island.

"Things could deteriorate in the coming moments, in the coming hours", Jose Maria Neves in a statement on the government website.

"We've called on people to heed the authorities' instructions. People should abandon Cha das Caldeiras", he said referring to a hillside community.

It was not immediately clear if there were injuries or deaths following the eruption. The volcano last erupted in 1995, causing minor damage. A larger eruption occurred in 1951.

The government planned to send a plane providing assistance to residents, Neves added.

The former Portuguese colony is located about 600km off the coast of Senegal. Fogo's volcanic peak, surrounded by vineyards, is a hiking destination.
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