The Fuego volcano furiously erupted on June 3, 2018 at 8:15 am (local time) for the second time in 2018 ejecting ash 10,000 meters above sea level. This major eruption is considered one of the strongest in recent years. Several cities in the departments of Sacatepéquez and Chinaltenango departments have been covered in ashes. Ashfall has also been reported in the Capital City, about 30km away.
UPDATE: At least 25 people were killed and hundreds were injured. Thousands have been evacuated. Now officials say residents should be on high alert for mudslides, lahars (due to rain) and rescue efforts have been paused due to safety concerns.
The eruption of the volcano, located in the south of Guatemala, has generated strong pyroclastic flows in the Barrancas de Cenizas, Mineral, Seca, Taniluya, Las Lajas and Barranca Honda.
It is however impossible to assess the length of the flows due to clouds.
The ash column has spread over more than 35 kilometers and has covered in ashes the municipalities of Chimaltenango, Antigua Guatemala, Alotenango, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Santa Catarina Barahona, Ciudad Vieja and San Miguel Dueñas of the department of Sacatepéquez.
And here the sound of the erupting volcano:
El volcán de Fuego inició su segunda erupción del presente año, con explosiones que elevan columnas de ceniza a 6 mil metros sobre el nivel del mar, flujos piroclásticos en barrancas. Por el momento no es necesario realizar evacuaciones.
Video: Armando Pineda, Espeleólogo. pic.twitter.com/rKQBeDyOgN
— CONRED (@ConredGuatemala) June 3, 2018
Ash has also begun to fall in the capital, Guatemala City, although in smaller quantity than in the Sacatepéquez and Chinaltenango departments.
Ashfall has closed the runways at the International Airport La Aurora.
Insivumeh, the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology has issued a warning and precautionary bulletin:
For the moment, it is not necessary to evacuate people living near the volcano. But the Conrad recommends people living in its vicinity to cover food or containers where food and water are stored.
FOTOS: El volcán de Fuego deja parte de Guatemala en cenizas
Ceniza de Volcán de Fuego cubre Chimaltenango, Guatemala y Sacatepéquez
Volcán de Fuego entra en erupción
Guatemala: Volcán de Fuego entra en erupción y se reporta caída de ceniza