March 7, 2021

The Fuego volcano of Guatemala begins the fifth eruption of 2018

The Fuego volcano of Guatemala begins the fifth eruption of 2018



The Fuego volcano of Guatemala began today its fifth eruption of the year, reported the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).

The scientific entity explained that the eruption generates a constant column of ash that reaches 4,900 meters above sea level with a width of approximately four kilometers to the southwest and west of the cone, and 50 kilometers from the capital.

He warned that the activity generates moderate and strong avalanches towards the Ceniza and Taniluya ravines.

The strong incandescence rises 300 meters above the crater of the volcano and the fall of ash is reported in the populations of Panimache I and II, Morelia, Santa Sofia, Sangre de Cristo and Finca Pablo Verde, among others.

The lava flow reaches a length of 2,000 meters towards the Ceniza Canyon, located on the southwest flank, and pyroclastic flows are not ruled out.

The Fuego volcano, located between the departments of Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango, registered its most violent eruption on June 3, which caused 190 deaths and left more than 1.71 million affected.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) said it maintains constant vigilance over the activity of the colossus, which is the most active of the 32 that Guatemala has.

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