Guatemalan Authorities Issue Warnings as Pacaya Volcano Erupts Gas and Ash

The Guatemalan National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) warned that there was an imminent danger to villages around the Pacaya volcano after a recent eruption sent ash and debris 3,200 meters into the air.

INSIVUMEH added that there were also active lava streams streaming down the volcano while ashfall could reach 25km around the volcano.

Due to increased volcanic activity in the area, Guatemala’s La Aurora International Airport closed three routes as a safety precaution after the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) declared a yellow alert.

The Guatemalan National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) advised the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) to activate the protocols for attending the population due to the presence of ash in the air.

CONRED advised community, municipal and departmental leaders of Guatemala and Sacatepéquez to identify possible evacuation shelters in case volcanic activity intensifies.

“For the moment, no evacuations have been reported, however, in the event of any additional increase, municipal authorities could initiate this action together with community leaders,” said CONRED spokesman David de León.

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