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Two Tremors Shake Cape Verde Island

Tue., April 11, 1995, midnight

Sharp tremors on Monday rocked the Cape Verdean island of Fogo, where more than 5,000 residents already had fled a wall of lava flowing from an erupting volcano.

Joao Almeida, reporter for Lisbon’s TSF radio, said two sharp tremors hit at midday. People rushed into the streets as the tremors shook houses, overturned furniture and sent roof tiles crashing.

Islanders have been edgy since March 4 when the 9,336-foot volcano erupted for the first time in 44 years, spewing fire and ashes more than a mile and a half into the air.

Since then, a river of lava has rolled over farms and homes.

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