Thursday, September 13th 2012, 5:14 PM EDT
The speed of the Typhoon "power up" is incredible, yesterday this was a "Tropical Storm", now it's hit Cat 5Monster super typhoon Sanba aims at Okinawa and South Korea
....... now there is something else going on....Guatemala Fuego volcano eruption triggers evacuation - BBC News...Guatemala is evacuating tens of thousands of people after the Fuego volcano started spewing ash and lava.
Volcanologists said powerful eruptions were catapulting burning rocks as high as 1,000m (3,280ft) above the crater and lava was flowing down its slopes.
Locals reported how the roaring of the volcano shook windows and roofs in nearby villages.
Experts say the eruption of the Fuego, 50km (31 miles) south-west of Guatemala City, is the biggest since 1999
Head of Emergency Evacuations Sergio Cabanas told the Associated Press news agency that more than 33,000 people were being evacuated.....click BBC link for more
Updated below with SKY News report
More than 33,000 people are fleeing a sudden volcano eruption in Guatemala City.
Guatemalan emergency officials say the evacuees are leaving 17 villages around the Volcano of Fire, which sits 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the city of Antigua.
The volcano is almost always active at a low level and smoke can often be seen billowing from its crater. But larger eruptions are generally rare.
Seismologists say a series of explosions have also been seen coming from the 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano and lava has spewed 2,000 feet (600 meters) down its slopes.
Thick clouds of ash can be seen billowing nearly 2 miles (3 km) into the sky and rumblings were heard for several miles around.
Gustavo Chicna, a volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, said: "A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption, with strong explosions and columns of ash".
He added that the cinders spewing from the volcano were settling half an inch thick in many places and that extremely hot gases were also rolling down the sides of the volcano, which was entirely wreathed in ash and smoke.
Guatemala's emergency agency has warned that flights through the area could be affected.
Alejandro Maldonado, the head of Guatemala's disaster prevention agency, said 1,500 families had been moved out of their homes and taken to temporary housing.
There was a general orange alert, the second-highest level, but a red alert is also in place south and southeast of the mountain, where, Chicna said, "it's almost in total darkness."
Teresa Marroquin, disaster co-ordinator for the Guatemalan Red Cross, said the organisation had set up 10 emergency shelters and was sending hygiene kits and water to the affected areas.
"There are lots of respiratory problems and eye problems," she said....click SKY News link for more