Guatemala's Fuego Volcano records up to 12 explosions per hour

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 2021.-

Guatemala's last major eruption of Fuego volcano was recorded on June 3, 2018 and resulted in the deaths of more than 200 people

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The volcano of Fuego, located about 50 kilometers west of the capital of Guatemala, continues with eruptive activity; has recorded up to 12 explosions per hour and has thrown ash particles into several nearby villages, Civil Protection authorities reported.

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) detailed in a statement that the colossus, three thousand 763 meters above sea level, records in its crater explosions between moderate to strong in a range of nine to twelve per hour.

According to the authorities, the columns of ash thrown by the cone of the volcano reach up to four thousand 700 meters above sea level and due to the wind moving west-northwest, reaches a distance of 20 kilometers.

Most explosions on the volcano, located between the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla and Chimaltenango, generate rumblings and shock waves that are audible more than 20 kilometers from the volcanic cone.

The Insivumeh indicated that degassing sounds similar to those of a locomotive are also heard for periods of three to five minutes.

Avalanche of blocks of incandescent material heading towards the Dry, Ash, Taniluya, Trinidad, Las Lajas and Honda ravine are being generated from the contour of the volcano.

For now, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), ash particles are reported falling in the communities of San Pedro Yepocapa, Hagia Sophia, Morelia, Panimache II, El Porvenir, Sangre de Cristo and Palo Verde.

The last major eruption of this colossus was recorded on June 3, 2018 and resulted in the deaths of more than 200 people, while another similar number was missing.

The Fuego volcano is one of guatemala's most active volcanoes alongside those of Pacaya and Santiaguito, located in the departments of Escuintla and Quetzaltenango, respectively.

In fact, according to the Insivumeh, a white and blue fumarole is currently observed in the Mackenney crater of pacaya, accompanied by explosions, weak and moderate and ash ejection at a height of 100 to 200 meters.

In addition, there are avalanche from the crater in a southwesterly and southerly direction, while seismic stations record tremor (internal vibration) associated with magma ascent.

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