Orange Alert – Fire Volcano (Volcán de Fuego)

February 1, 2018

 Location: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez

Guatemalan authorities issued an orange alert Thursday over an erupting volcano located a short distance from its capital.  According to authorities, increased activity in the Volcan de Fuego (“Fire Volcano”) overnight Wednesday resulted in a saw ash tower 1.7 kilometers (one mile) into the sky and lava flow up to 500 meters down the crater’s side.  Schools near the volcano, which is 35 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City, have been shut.  The Volcan de Fuego is very close to Antigua Guatemala, a colonial-era town very popular with tourists in the Central American country.

Actions to take:

 U.S. citizens residing or traveling near this volcano are advised to follow instructions from local authorities.  Citizens should avoid the cliffs located near the volcano where there is lava flow and other nearby areas where ballistic materials thrown out from the crater may reach.

U.S. citizens should also take precautions to protect themselves from ash fall, which includes covering the eyes and airways as well as covering water and food containers.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to report incidents to CONRED (Stands for Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres).


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