Guatemala’s Fuego volcano increases activity

Guatemala's Fuego volcano increases activity 

(FILE) The Fuego Volcano releases a fumarole, after the Jun. 3 eruption and the constant flow of lahars, in San Miguel Los Lotes, Escuintla, Guatemala, Jun. 15, 2018. EPA-EFE/SANTIAGO BILLY

Guatemala City, Jul 10 (efe-epa).- Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, which erupted on Jun. 3 and has caused at least 113 deaths and left 329 people missing, on Wednesday increased its activity, including explosions which sent out a thick column of smoke that rose thousands of meters high.

“The Fuego volcano, after several days without explosive activity, this afternoon has recorded powerful explosions, fine particles of ash are reported in communities of Yepocapa, Chimaltenango,” said National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction spokesperson David De Leon.

There have been no evacuations but the spokesperson said that the agency has maintained communication with community leaders to inform them about the volcano’s activity.

The Guatemalan National Institute for Seismology,

Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology reported in a special bulletin that the explosions from the volcano, located about 50 kilometers east of the capital, are scattering ashes up to a distance of 12 kilometers towards the southwest, while fine particles have been recorded in areas such as Finca Palo Verde and Sangre de Cristo.

“In the presence of the new phase of activity, the possibility of a new eruptive phase is not ruled out in the next hours or even days,” the Institute warned.

The Fuego volcano saw one of the strongest eruptions in history on Jun. 3, leaving at least 113 dead and 329 missing, in addition to affecting almost 2 million people and causing significant material damage.

Guatemala has 32 volcanoes, but only a handful are active.