Pacaya volcano keeps Guatemalans alert

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Guatemala, April 7 – Pakaya volcano in Guatemala continues its hyperactivity generating plumes of gas and ash in Makeni Crater 4,500 meters above sea level.

The Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) in its Publication 68 determined that volcanic plumes remain active for periods of hours or days with continuous ash fall in the Los Pocitos, El Rodeo, and El Patrocinio communities.

As for the lava flow, it is preserved with reported lengths of up to three thousand meters which progress depending on the terrain and the rate of effusion of magma that has formed several ramifications along its path, as explained by the scientific entity.

Given its proximity, residents of El Rodeo and El Patrocinio villages should remain alert to the warnings of municipal and local authorities, as well as the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), in charge of the continuous monitoring of Cone from its February 4 eruption.

Glowing masses and molten gases such as sulfur dioxide are released from the lava flow harmful to the respiratory system if inhaled, this institution warned in its latest notice, 109, referring to reports from bystanders in the area.

Mechanism parameters do not exclude pulses of increases in the coming hours or days with greater altitude and density of the volcanic plume, according to Insivumeh.

Likewise, ash trend can affect several municipalities in this capital, only 45 kilometers away.

Conred reiterated to the authorities of the Pacaya National Park, Escuintla administration, to continue to shut down tourism and ban access to lava flow areas, which is very surprising for photography fans, but very dangerous due to its diversity.

Pakaya volcano is one of the most active of 32 volcanoes in Guatemala and is accumulating 61 days of activity this Tuesday, the longest period in its history in thousands of years, according to experts.

On March 23, large layers of ash fell in this capital, paralyzing operations at La Aurora International Airport for 24 hours. (PL)

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