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‘Fuego’ (Fire) volcano erupts and puts Guatemala on alert

‘Fuego’ (Fire) volcano erupts and puts Guatemala on alert

Guatemala, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) On Fuego volcano, pyroclastic downflows began today at Ceniza and Trinidad ravines, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) of Guatemala confirmed.
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According to special volcano newsletter 139-2021, flows moved down between two and six kilometers and could continue if the cone keeps the lava effusion, which could cause ash to fall in neighboring communities located on the west and southwest flanks.

Due to the eruption, Conred issued an informative notice to departmental and municipal authorities, as well as to the general population with specific recommendations.

The institution, through the Volcano Prevention Unit, maintains coordination and response actions to the event, the statement said.

June 3, 2018 was a date that became part of Guatemala’s history due to the violent eruption of Fuego volcano, located on the border between Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez departments.

Then it killed more than 300 people and several surrounding villages and hamlets were buried by the pyroclastic flows.

More than two thousand people had to be evacuated in temporary shelters due to the strongest eruption of the colossus since 1974.

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