Fuego volcano becoming more active

2015-05-16 14:26

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Guatemala City - Guatemala's Fuego volcano is becoming become more active, belching out increasing amounts of smoke and ash, officials say.

Fearing a full-blown eruption of the volcano, located just 50km from the capital, disaster officials warned that aircraft should exercise caution when flying over Fuego.

Conred, the national disaster co-ordination agency, said the volcano's eruptions could range in intensity from weak to moderate and that columns of ash could reach 4 500m above sea level.

Authorities also warned that wind-borne ash particles could travel as far as 12km from the volcano, possibly causing respiratory and other health problems for some Guatemalans.

Fuego, which translates to "fire" in Spanish, measures more than 3 700m and is located in southwestern Guatemala on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez departments.

Fuego reawakened earlier this year, raining soot and ash on adjacent towns and forcing the temporary closure of a nearby airport.

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