A strong eruption of Fuego volcano has started on October 12, 2018, sending ash 5,000 kilometers in the air and triggering extremely hot pyroclastic flow on the flank of this extremely active peak in Guatemala. This volcanic event was followed by a strong 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck near the volcanic peak.
The pulse of the strong earthquake has been felt in the southern areas of the country and in Guatemala City.
Over 60 people have been evacuated from their houses in Sangre de Cristo and the Palo Verde, located in the vicinity of the Fuego volcano.
Pyroclastic flow has been reported pouring out of the volcano.
The volcano spewed out a column of ash to a height of 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) and then dispersed 15 to 20 kilometers to the southwest, west of the volcanic peak. Ashfall was reported in the villages and cities around the volcano.
The explosions were accompanied by loud noises and have triggered a 1200-meter-long lava river flowing on the western flank of the volcano.
Meanwhile, the activity of the Pacaya volcano has also increased in Guatemala with many daily explosions and lava flow visible at night:
Fuego is one of the most active volcanos in Central America. Its previous eruption took place in early June affecting around 1.7 million people. In June, a devastating eruption of Fuego volcano killed more than 190 people.