Institute of Volcanology: Volcán de Fuego increases eruptive activity in Guatemala

Guatemala. – Volcán de Fuego, about 35 km from the capital of Guatemala, increased its eruptive activity, as reported this Sunday by the Institute of Volcanology, Insivumeh.

“The instrumental records detected an increase in the colossus (3,763 meters above sea level). From 2 to 5 explosions per hour are observed, as well as moderate and strong avalanches,” the institute said in a bulletin on the volcano.

In addition, Insivumeh specified that it raises “a curtain of ash and the wind disperses this material at distances of between 10 and 15 kilometers in directions west and southwest”, affecting nine communities on the slopes of the volcano.

The institute warns that the increase in activity “may precede the formation of a lava flow” towards one or several ravines, as happened on July 4, when another eruptive increase was registered.

Rodolfo Garcia, a spokesman for Civil protection, said that at the moment there have been no evacuations.

However, they maintain communication “with the community leaders” close to the volcano and municipal authorities of the departments in which the volcano is located, Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, and Escuintla, to evacuate if necessary, he clarified.

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An eruption of Volcán de Fuego, on June 3, 2018, caused an avalanche that devastated the community of San Miguel Los Lotes, Escuintla, and part of a highway in the neighboring town of Alotenango, Sacatepéquez, leaving 215 dead and a similar number missing.

Along with Volcán de Fuego, Santiaguito and Pacaya volcanoes are also active in Guatemala.