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In pictures: Pico do Fogo volcano in Cape Verde erupts

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The Pico do Fogo volcano has been erupting in the Cape Verde islands, causing hundreds of residents living nearby to be evacuated.

The area around the volcano on the island of Fogo is a popular hiking destination for tourists and is also used for agriculture, including wine-making.

Residents have been re-housed in temporary accommodation, some of which was already built in preparation for such evacuations.

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image captionThe volcano, Pico do Fogo, began erupting late last month
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image captionIt was the first time the volcano had erupted since 1995
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image captionThe eruption sent a large plume of smoke into the air
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image captionResidents in the area beneath the volcano were warned to leave; some took valuable possessions with them
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image captionThe volcano expelled a large quantity of lava which flowed towards a nearby village. About 20 homes were destroyed
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image captionScientific researchers have been monitoring the volcanic gases emitted by the lava
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image captionSome people ventured closer to get a better view of the rare eruption
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image captionSeven sources of lava from the volcano have now united into one lava flow a kilometre wide

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