Updated: 11/20/2018 1:14:06 AM
Almost 4,000 people have been evacuated from the slopes of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.
The stratovolcano southwest of the city of Antigua began erupting on Sunday, with ash and lava spewing from its crater.
It comes five months after almost 200 people were buried by volcanic ash and mud during a violent eruption in June. That eruption generated pyroclastic flows - fast-moving mixtures of very hot gas and volcanic matter - which descended down the slopes, engulfing communities such as El Rodeo and San Miguel Los Lotes.
Volcanologists say lava is rising 500m above the volcano's crater.
Published Monday, November 19, 2018
Increased volcanic activity at Guatemalan Fuego volcano forced authorities to issue new evacuation advisories for people living around the volcano.
At least 2 000 residents living in 10 communities near Fuego volcano were asked to evacuate on Monday, November 19, 2018, as increased volcanic activity continues at Guatemalan volcano.
Authorities said there is a threat of new pyroclastic flows, adding that each community is allowed to decide if they will evacuate or not. At least three communities are already evacuating and others are expected to follow.
El Fuego volcano eruption Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow