Thousands Flee Erupting Volcano in Guatemala

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
November 19, 2018Worldshare

Nearly 4,000 people were evacuated due to volcanic activity around the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, on Monday, Nov. 19.

The country issued the highest alert Sunday, when the volcano began violently erupting.

Guatemala’s National Disaster Agency, CONRED, has been communicating with the public via social media.

Early Monday morning, the “Volcano of Fire” spewed out dangerous flows of red-hot lava, ash, and gas on an area previously devastated by eruptions.

More than 2,000 people have taken refuge in shelters so far, officials from the agency told reporters.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, according to Reuters.

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

The “Volcano of Fire” is one of the most active in Central America, with this latest eruption being the fifth one this year.

An eruption in June killed over 190 people, with over 200 still officially missing, according to Reuters.

The 12,300-foot volcano is about 19 miles south of Guatemala City.


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