Nicaragua evacuates 3,000 as volcano spews ash

A Nicaraguan National Police officer patrols on a road blanketed with volcanic ash spewed from the San Cristobal volcano, near Chinandega, Nicaragua, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Nicaragua’s tallest volcano, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Managua, near the Honduran border, has let off a series of explosions, spewing gases and showering ash on nearby towns, prompting an evacuations of residents. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)The San Cristobal volcano spewed out a column of ash and gas 2½ miles high Saturday, leading Nicaraguan authorities to evacuate about 3,000 people from nine communities around the country's tallest mountain.