Volcano de Fuego in Guatemala erupts with 4,500m ash plume and pyroclastic flows

(ORDO NEWS) — A strong explosion was heard for many kilometers around after the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala and the release of molten lava.

Guatemala’s National Seismological Agency (Sismología Nacional de Guatemala) tweeted that a “moderate to severe explosion” was recorded at 10:57 pm on Wednesday (4:57 am UK time).

The agency added that they are currently unaware of ash fall or “pyroclastic flow formation” that could affect nearby communities, and wrote: sea, in addition to the ejection of incandescent material (lava, boiling stones) that completely covered the volcanic cone.”

They added that the activity of the volcano was visible from a great distance.

The volcanic eruption, which translates as “Fire Volcano”, reportedly caused a large shock wave and an ash plume 4,500 meters high.

It was captured by a webcam located 15 km (9.3 miles) from the Fuego Acatenango volcanic complex.

This comes after a phase of “heavy activity” at the Santiaguito volcano last week, where 10 moderate pyroclastic flows were recorded between January 30 and 31.

An eruption at the same site in 2018 nearly hit a British tourist in an explosion that killed 25 people.

Richard Fitz-Hugh, a backpacker from Beaconsfield, climbed a nearby peak to watch an active volcano in Guatemala hours before it erupted.

Hundreds of people were injured when it exploded, spewing ash and molten rock for miles around.

The international airport in Guatemala City, located about 27 miles from the volcano, was forced to close after the runway and planes were bombarded with volcanic materials.

The eruption led the Foreign Office to advise Britons in the area to follow the advice of local authorities.

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