Guatemala: lava flows along the edges of the Paka volcano

The Volcano, cooked in Guatemala, burst for 50 days, still maintaining “high levels” of eruption, yet accompanied by strong eruptions, ash piles and huge lava flows.

The 2,552-meter-high colossus, located about 25 kilometers south of Guatemala City, currently extends over 500 meters above the crater and feeds on a western flow more than two kilometers of lava, the National Institute of Volvology ( Insivumh) A statement on Friday.

“Ash Falls is reported in the cities of El Rodeo and El Patrosino (…). Volcanic activity is considered to be at a high level,” warned the body which monitors Picaya.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), an organization responsible for civilian protection, said that lava flows ignited and destroyed coffee and avocado plants, but did not determine the amount of damage.

Lava flows along the banks of the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala, March 25, 2021 (AFP – Johann ORDONEZ)

Despite the high activity, the inhabitants at the foot of the volcano did not want to leave their homes. La Conred warned that it could order preventive evacuation if necessary.

Restrictions on approaching crater and lava flows have been imposed afresh.

On Tuesday, a change in wind direction led to ash rains in several areas north of the volcano, including Guatemala City, causing the country’s international airport to remain closed for nearly 24 hours.

On the strength of the broom and blowers, airport employees, soldiers and municipal personnel had to sweep the ashes deposited on the airstrip.

A group of people watches a lava flow on the coast of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano on March 25, 2021 (AFP - Johann ORDONEZ)

A group of people watches a lava flow on the coast of Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano on March 25, 2021 (AFP – Johann ORDONEZ)
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According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), the closure of the airport halted at least nine international flights and about thirty domestic flights.

The Pacaya volcano experienced a major eruption on 27 May 2010, killing a journalist who came to cover the incident. This also caused damage to crops.

The far-reaching volcanoes Fuego (south-west) and Shantigito (west) are also not active. There are about thirty volcanoes in Guatemala.

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