Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano Erupts Prompting Authorities to Issue Lava Bomb Warning

Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano erupted Wednesday, spewing lava for hours and prompting officials to warn locals of lava bombs raining down from the sky.

Authorities stopped short of announcing an evacuation advisory, but did warn that Pacaya, one of Central America’s most active volcanoes, could create lava bombs that may damage property. 

Guatemala’s meteorological institute, Insivumeh, warned, “The Pacaya volcano has a very high level of activity, which has generated a strombolian type eruption, with strong explosions.”

Should an evacuation be advised, David de Leon, the spokesman for the National Coordinator of Disaster Reduction, said civil protection teams have looked at several locations that could serve as shelters.

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