Tuesday 22 January 2019

Nearly 4,000 people evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano violently erupts

A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Acatenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)
A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Acatenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)
A view of the Fuego Volcano erupting, as seen from Escuintla, Guatemala on November 19, 2018. (Photo by CARLOS ALONZO / AFP)CARLOS ALONZO/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, stay at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018.(Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of San Andres Osuna a community nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, evacuate to a safer area, in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of San Andres Osuna a community nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, wait for buses to evacuate to a safer area, in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of San Andres Osuna a community nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, wait for buses to evacuate to a safer area, in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A group of Guatemalan soldiers await for residents of San Andres Osuna a community nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, to evacuate them to a safer area, in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, stay at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of San Andres Osuna a community nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, wait for buses to evacuate to a safer area, in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, stay at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018.(Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, arrive at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, stay at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, arrive at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A view of the Fuego Volcano erupting, as seen from El Rodeo municipality, in Escuintla department, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, stay at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018. - Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again, forcing almost 3,000 residents to flee. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A view of the Fuego Volcano erupting, as seen from El Rodeo municipality, in Escuintla department, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. - Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again, forcing almost 3,000 residents to flee. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Enrique Garcia

Nearly 4,000 people were evacuated on Monday from areas around Guatemala's Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting overnight, the country's disaster agency Conred said.

The volcano spewed out dangerous flows of fast-moving clouds of hot ash, lava and gas early Monday and more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters so far, officials from the agency told reporters.

Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, stay at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of several communities nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, stay at a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on Nov. 19, 2018. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

More dangerous flows of hot ash and lava could be expelled, said Juan Pablo Oliva, the head of the country's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh.

A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

In June, explosive flows from Fuego killed more than 190 people.

This is the fifth eruption so far this year of the 3,763-meter (12,346-feet) volcano, one of the most active in Central America, about 19 miles (30 km) south of Guatemala City.

Reuters

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