Thursday 19 October 2017

Fire Volcano in Guatemala explodes

Press Association

The Fire Volcano in southern Guatemala has exploded incandescent rock and ash over surrounding towns.

David de Leon, spokesman for the national disaster preparedness office, said authorities had put the area on alert, but no evacuations had been made so far.

Karina Lopez, a resident of nearby Antigua, said ash mixed with a drizzle to reduce visibility and the volcano continued to rumble.

The national coordinator for disaster reduction agency issued instructions urging people to take shelter, wear masks, cover water tanks and be aware of evacuation routes. Firefighters were standing by.

The volcano sits on the border of the Guatemalan states of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango. It has a height of 12,346ft above sea level.

Rooftops and San Francisco church, background, are covered with ash from the eruption of the Fuego Volcano at Antigua Guatemala, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rooftops and San Francisco church, background, are covered with ash from the eruption of the Fuego Volcano at Antigua Guatemala, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Passengers wait for information about their flights at La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City February 7, 2015. REUTERS/Josue Decavele
People cross a street covered with ash from the eruption of the Fuego Volcano at Antigua Guatemala, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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