Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again, forcing nearly 3,000 residents to flee.
A fiery glow rose from the crater of Fuego which is erupting for the fifth time this year, one month after
The spokesman, David de Leon, told reporters that the eruption became increasingly violent after it began Sunday morning at the volcano which is 3,763 meters (12,246 feet) high and located 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Guatemala City.
Escuintla authorities declared the red alert.
Lava is rising 500 meters above Fuego’s crater, while the ash column exceeds one kilometer above the volcanic cone and is c ausing a rain of particles, the Institute of Volcanology said.
The previous eruption lasted from October 12-13 with loud booms and lava flow. It caused the evacuation of 62 people and closed a highway.
The Fuego Volcano in Guatemala has been erupted five times this year, most seriously in June when nearly 200 people died