Guatemala warns pilots of volcano ash plume

2013-11-05 16:10
(Marco Ugarte, AP)

(Marco Ugarte, AP)

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Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities cautioned pilots on Monday that increased activity in the country's Fuego volcano had dispersed ash into the atmosphere.

The column of volcanic ash has risen 4 500m above sea level in a southwesterly direction, Guatemala's disaster response agency said.

The volcano, which is located in south-western Guatemala, is "presenting changes in the pattern of eruptions with an increase in the number of moderate and strong explosions," it said.

The Fuego volcano, one of three active volcanos in Guatemala, had a strong eruption on 13 September 2012 that prompted the authorities to evacuate of 5 500 people who live on its slopes.

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