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Volcanic ash prompts partial closure of Aruba airport

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Volcanic ash and high winds have led to the partial closure of the La Palma airport in Aruba.

The airport’s terminal building has also been evacuated due to expected dust and moisture coming from Mount St. Helens.

Le Saut d’Aruba, one of the Aruba airline’s busiest flights, has also been affected and will be canceled until further notice.

However, other flights to and from Aruba have not been affected.

Officials from Volcanic Ash Commission said the volcano remains highly active. Mount St. Helens in the area has experienced three similar eruptions since the 1980s.

The volcano’s eruption last week forced the evacuation of about 2,000 people in the island’s north and threatened the safety of 20,000 residents.

The volcano has also sent down ash as far south as Fort Lauderdale.

Mount St. Helens, one of the world’s most deadly volcanoes, erupted back in 1980, killing 57 people and destroying homes and other property.

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