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Guatemala: Fuego Volcano Activity Grows, Sustained Explosions

  • Steam rises from Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire)

    Steam rises from Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) | Photo: Reuters

Published 22 November 2018

Increased activity in the Fuego Volcano is reported by Insivumeh in Guatemala.

In Guatemala, the Fuego Volcano increased its activity Thursday. The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) reported constant explosions and landslides in the volcano.

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Insivumeh reported between 15 and 17 explosions every hour in the volcano, with more increasing over time and "with an abundant expulsion of dark gray material," reported the institute.

Landslides are constant and moving heavy amounts of material. "The avalanches move through the Seca, Ceniza, El Jute, Las Lajas and Honda ravines, and are considered strong, dragging blocks of 2-3m in diameter, raising fine particles that move south-southwest. This activity is associated with the instability that exists within the canyons of the volcano," reported the Insivumeh.

The institute explained that incandescent material reached between 200 and 300 meters above the crater and an ash column reached up to 4,800 meters above sea level. Ash fell on different communities near the volcano.

On Sunday, due to the volcanic activity, over 4,000 people had to be evacuated, and then returned home with the help of the military forces to, as was reported by the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred).

Authorities have alerted the population to be careful and to try and get away from the volcano, as the volcanic activity might continue during the next days.

In June, the Fuego Volcano caused the death of about 190 people and another 240 were missing due to the eruption of the volcano. The 3,763-meter (12,346-feet) peak, whose name means 'fire' in Spanish, is almost always active, which is why local residents and authorities failed to take immediate action

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