Social 19-11-2018

Guatemala declares a red alert for an increase in the eruptive phase of the Fuego volcano

The Guatemalan National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) declared a red alert for the increase in the eruptive phase of the Fuego volcano.

La Conred declares a red alert and activates the Emergency Operations Center -COE- Municipal to coordinate actions to respond to the activity of the volcano of Fuego, "the entity published on its Twitter account.

Earlier, Conred recommended to the population of the communities near this volcanic zone not to remain in the vicinity of the main ravines, because the risk of sudden lava flows or pyroclastic flows that could take any direction persists.

He also called on mayors and governors of Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla to activate response plans and initiate evacuation processes in cooperation with community leaders and local, municipal and departmental coordinators.

During the new eruptive phase, and the fifth so far this year, there are ash columns that rise to 5,200 meters above sea level and reach distances of 20 to 30 kilometers, moderate and strong avalanches towards five ravines, ballistic materials that reach heights of 800 meters in different directions and lava flow of 2,500 meters towards the so-called Ash Canyon, according to the bulletin published early in the morning by the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).

At least 190 people died and 240 are reported missing due to an eruption of the Fuego volcano that took place in early June.


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