Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted near the capital Friday effecting a pyroclastic flow and subsequent evacuations, spokesman for the state Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conrad), David de Leon, said.
“The activity of the Fuego volcano is maintained with constant explosions and a column of ash at a height of 5,000 meters above sea level that is dispersed from 15 to 20 kilometers to the southwest, west and southeast.”
Several families consisting about 62 people in total were removed from the affected regions before the fall of ash and lava flow. Evacuations took place in Sangre de Cristo and the Palo Verde.
According to an Institute of Volcanology bulletin, the volcano maintains an igneous area of 400 meters above the crater accompanied by increased reverberations and loud sounds that has generated a lava flow of 600 meters in length to the west of the volcano.
The institute has requested that Conrad implement "the state of alert it deems necessary due to this new phase of the eruption." Additionally, the Institute of Volcanology warned that civil aeronautics should exercise precaution because of the ash that is being emitted in the southwest and west of the volcano.
Volcano Fuego is 3,763 meters high and located 35 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City.
Fuego is one of the most active volcanos in Central America.