Strong increase of the activity of the Pacaya volcano

Forte hausse de l'activité du volcan Pacaya

The authorities will continue monitoring the volcano of Pacaya, located 20 km south of the capital of Guatemala and who knows an important increase of its activity, has it learned Sunday from the civil protection.

These last hours, the volcano, which rises to 2552 meters above sea level, recorded explosions every minute, and lava are expelled permanently from his insides, explained the national Coordination for disaster reduction (Conred), in a press release.

According to Conred, the column of incandescent material up to 150 m above the crater.

The monitoring of the eruptive activity is continuing, in coordination with the local communities installed on the slopes of the volcano.

The images filmed by the AFP show of explosions in the series, even if it has, to date, been no preventive evacuation of populations.

The previous eruption of Pacaya, on 27 and 28 may 2010, has resulted in the death of a television journalist reached by toxic gas in the course of a story.

The eruption of another volcano, Fuego, 35 km south-west of the capital, caused in June 2018 one of the worst disasters in Guatemala : a cloud burning down the flanks of the volcano killed 202 villagers and 229 others had been missing.

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