The Fuego volcano maintains the eruptive phase that began at 19:30 am, Tuesday, February 9th. Moderate and loud explosions were observed in the early hours of the day and fine particles of ash falls were reported in Chimaltenango, Guatemala Antigua, Alotenango and Ciudad Vieja. The scattering of ashes because of the wind could involve falls of fine particles in Guatemala City.
According to the Special Bulletin of BEVO # 26-2016 of the Volcano National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology -INSIVUMEH-, explosions generate high incandescence of 400 meters above the crater and ash column from a height about 5000 meters above sea level, which moves to the north and north-east over a distance of 25 to 30 kilometers away.
The eruption produced lava flows towards the canyons Trinidad, Las Lajas and Santa Teresa, reaching lengths between 200-2000 meters. Pyroclastic flows down to the ravines El Jute and Las Lajas, produced by the constant effusion of high energy. Explosions generate rumble and shock waves, causing vibrations in the roofs and windows more than 25 kilometers from the volcano.
According to the bulletin of the National Coordination System for Disaster Reduction-Conrad, the eruption of the Fuego can generate pyroclastic flows down the volcano to Las Lajas and El Jute canyons and other canyons around the volcano .
The Executive Secretariat of the CONRED, through volcanoes Prevention Unit, maintains communication and monitoring with local , municipal and regional authorities , on additional changes that could present the volcano. Recommending that people living in the surrounding areas to avoid rumors, cover food and water, and evacuate when authorities deem necessary.
At the Directorate General of Civil Aviation -DGAC-, you should take precautions to air navigation. The ash plume is moving northward at a distance of about 30 km that can be extended depending on the evolution of the eruption.
February 11, 2016. Fuego , Guatemala :
Sources : Conred , Insivumeh .
Photos : Insivumeh .