Communities flee eruption at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2018

Almost 4,000 people were evacuated on Monday from areas around Guatemala's Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting overnight, the country's disaster agency Conred said.

A spokesman for Guatemala's disaster management agency Conred said it made a decision to evacuate the municipality of Escuintla and two other districts.

By Monday morning more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters, officials said.

A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango on November 19, 2018.

David de León, spokesman for the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, told The Associated Press that at least eight communities should leave.

An eruption in June killed 194 people and left at least 234 missing, although organizations supporting the communities have insisted there are thousands of missing persons.

Volcanologists say lava is rising 500m above the volcano's crater.

The state's institute of volcanology said it was concerned the ash particles from the volcano could reach the colonial tourist city of Antigua Guatemala.

A previous eruption on 12 October was characterised by increasingly loud booms and lava flow. It caused the evacuation of 62 people and closed a highway.

Authorities urged 10 communities to evacuate as Guatemala's Volcano of Fire showed signs of increased activity.

Many of those evacuated today said they had feared a repeat of the deadly June eruption.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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