Increased activity reported at Fuego Volcano, Guatelmala

Volcanic Activity Alert

The Guatemalan Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (Insivumeh) has reported increased levels of volcanic activity at the Fuego Volcano, located approximately 40 km (25 miles) west-southwest of Guatemala City. The eruptive events took place the morning of Feb. 14. Observations indicate that plumes have reached approximately 4.6 km (3 miles) above sea level, and lava has flown as far as 1.5 km (1 mile). Ashfall has reportedly occurred in several nearby municipalities in Sacatepequez Department, including Alotenango.

Despite the increase in activity, there are currently no evacuation orders in effect; however, authorities have issued an ashfall advirory for areas and urged residents to remain vigilant.

Additional eruptions could cause low-level seismic activity, further lava flows, ash clouds, and landslides in the surrounding area. The Fuego Volcano will likely continue to emit frequent gas and ash clouds in the coming days.

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