February 24, 2021

The Fuego volcano of Guatemala increases its activity and records 32 explosions

The Fuego volcano of Guatemala increases its activity and records 32 explosions

The Fuego volcano of Guatemala, located 50 kilometers west of the capital, increased its activity on Sunday and recorded up to 32 explosions per hour, official sources reported.

According to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh), the natural formation, 3,763 meters above sea level, maintains a volcanic activity.

The vigilance maintained by the Observatory of the Volcano of Fire (OVFGO) recorded in the last hours the increase in explosions ranging from 14 to 32 per hour between weak, moderate and strong, he warned.

According to the scientific entity, the ash columns that the volcano throws between the departments of Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez and Escuintla reach between 4,800 and 5,000 meters in height.

He added that these move west, southwest and south, so it is likely that ash fall in the communities located in those places.

The explosions, in addition, generate moderate rumblings with a weak shock wave that vibrate the houses near the volcano and avalanches that go towards the main ravines.

The Insivumeh said that in the early hours of this Sunday a lava flow was generated towards the Seca Canyon, which currently has an approximate length of 800 meters.

Due to these increases in the activity of the Fuego volcano, the probability of generating a new eruptive event in the next hours or days is not ruled out.

Also that pyroclastic flows are generated so it is recommended to take the necessary precautions and avoid staying in and around the main ravines.

The institution recommended to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) to be aware of the evolution of the activity, mainly in the Honda, Las Lajas, El Jute, Trinidad, Ceniza, Taniluyá and Seca canyons.

While the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics urged it to take precautions with air traffic since explosive activity can generate ash in the vicinity of the volcano.

On June 3 of last year, the Fuego volcano, which is the most active of the 32 that Guatemala has, made a violent eruption that left more than 200 dead and 1.7 million affected.


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