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Volcan de Fuego — Volcano of Fire — About to Erupt in Guatemala?

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Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Guatemala (Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 06:53 AM

Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, stirred on Monday and now could be on the verge of a serious eruption, according to officials in in Guatemala.

Guatemala's National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology reported the volcano spewed smoke up 20,000 feet high, spreading ash to communities west of it, including San Pedro Yepocapa and Alotenango, said Newsweek.

"… The volcano maintains strong explosions that have expelled columns of ash to a kilometer, these move towards the west to approximately 35 kilometres," said David de Leon, representative for Guatemala's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), according to London's Express.

"We have communication with community leaders who would be activating their response plans in the event of any eventuality," de Leon added.

The 12,500-foot volcano is one of the most active of all of Central America, said the Express, adding that Guatemala alone has more than 30 active volcanos.

In May, some 300 people were evacuated when the volcano, which is 22 miles from Guatemala City, shot hot ash into the air, according to Phys.org. The volcano's activity shut down 10 schools in the southern Escuintla district because of falling ash.

Some on social media posted their own photos of the volcano.

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