Date: February 14, 2021
Event: Volcanic eruptions
Since February 12, the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) noted a change in the Fuego volcanic activity (frequency and direction of eruptive patterns, lava flow, and ash). This morning (February 14, 2021) INSIVUMEH reported that the activity is evolving to a state of eruption with dense, fast-moving flow of solidified lava pieces, volcanic ash, and hot gases (pyroclastic flow). These flows are moving towards two canyons on the Volcano (Seca and Ceniza). Ash has also been reported in Alotenango, El Porvenir and Finca La Reunión, and in municipalities of Sacatepequez.
Pacaya volcano monitoring reflects an increase of eruptions starting at 11:45 am today. Volcanic activity is still at high risk. The Mackenney crater continues to generate and erupt incandescent material up to 250 mts. This activity may generate new eruptions in the next hours or days. The direction of the wind may change to expel volcanic ash in many directions, which may affect communities surrounding the volcanic area and potentially flight routes of International Airport La Aurora.
GOG Response Update:
CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) and INSIVUMEH are issuing multiple daily bulletins.
Direccion General issued a yellow alert for aircrafts due to increased ash.
CONRED issued public alerts for neighboring communities of both volcanoes to monitor communication from local authorities in the event preventative evacuations are needed. Review household response plans and have a 72 hour go bag ready should an evacuation be necessary.
Embassy operations are normal.
Actions to Take:
Review your personal security plans
Monitor local news for updates.
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