Lava flowing from the Pacaya volcano near Guatemala City has prompted the evacuation of people living nearest the crater, Guatemala authorities said today.
Alejandro Maldonado, director of the National Office for Disaster Reduction, said lava is flowing down one side of the volcano, but he did not say how many people have been evacuated. Local news media report the number is small so far. The volcano has also been closed to tourists.
The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology says today's lava flow in some areas is as large as 600 yards wide and 1.8 miles (3km) long.
The volcano just south of the capital city is also registering small explosions and emitting gas and ash.
Pacaya is one of Guatemala's most active and picturesque volcanos.