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Volcano of Fire in Guatemala erupts with 'sounds like a train locomotive'

  • The Volcano of Fire releases lava, seen from Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Guatemalan authorities are on alert after the country's Volcano of Fire erupted in dramatic fashion on Sunday. Officials are asking nearby communities to remain vigilant amid a state of yellow alert. In Spanish it is known as "El Volcán del Fuego." (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    The Volcano of Fire releases lava, seen from Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Guatemalan authorities are on alert after the country's Volcano of Fire erupted in dramatic fashion on Sunday. Officials are asking nearby communities to remain vigilant amid a state of yellow alert. In Spanish it is known as "El Volcán del Fuego." (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • The Volcano of Fire releases lava, seen from San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Guatemalan authorities are on alert after the country's Volcano of Fire erupted in dramatic fashion on Sunday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    The Volcano of Fire releases lava, seen from San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Guatemalan authorities are on alert after the country's Volcano of Fire erupted in dramatic fashion on Sunday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted in dramatic fashion, spewing incandescent material and sending columns of ash up to 23,000 feet above sea level.

No evacuations were ordered due to Sunday night's volcanic activity. But officials urged nearby communities to remain vigilant.

The country's volcanology agency said the mountain produced "constant sounds similar to a train locomotive and strong explosions" that rattled roofs and windows up to 18 miles away.

National disaster response spokesman David de Léon said Monday that particulate matter had fallen on at least eight nearby towns.

The Volcano of Fire stands 12,300 feet above sea level in south-central Guatemala. It erupted 13 times last year.

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