Volcano Eruption in Guatemala on November 08 2018 04:11 AM (UTC).
Last week, Volcan de Fuego, which is Spanish for Fire Volcano, began a new eruptive phase just months after the previous eruption in June killed at least 165 people - with 260 more declared still missing in August 9. Guatemala City-Guatemalan authorities declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people at the start of the week. On Wednesday, the volcano still averaged seven to ten explosive eruptions per hour, which generated shock waves that vibrated structures within 20 km. According to the Smithsonian Institute, "ash plumes from the explosions rose 1300m above the cone in the summit crater" reaching several areas, including Panimache, Morelia, El Provenir and Santa Sofia. Incandescent material was also ejected 150m high, causing avalanches, some that traveled long distances in the Las Lajas, Ceniza, and Seca. Guatemala is consistently under threat from Fuego, which has erupted a total of five times in 2018. The previous ones happened in February and June - with the one taking place on June 3 at noon local time leading to devastating consequences. The unexpected event and its force left little time for people to evacuate. The central American country lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire - an arc of tectonic instability caused by the earth's converging plates. Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are therefore particularly common in these regions. Ben van der Pluijm, a geologist at the University of Michigan, told Express.co.uk: "On a yearly basis we have roughly 1500 magnitude 5-5.9 earthquakes around the world.
About 4,000 residents have been evacuated from Guatemala's Volcano of Fire as the red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year. Guatemala's volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300ft (3,763-meter) mountain shook homes with "constant sounds similar to a train locomotive". Incandescent material burst as high as 3,200ft above the crater and flows of hot rock and ash extended about 1.5 miles down one flank of the volcano. Hot blasts of pyroclastic material pushed down canyons on the slopes, while ash drifted toward Guatemala City to the east. Hundreds of families heeded the call of disaster coordination authorities to evacuate 10 communities, piling into yellow school buses for trips to shelters. The national disaster commission said 3,925 people had been evacuated by early Monday. The Volcano of Fire is one of the most active in Central America and an eruption in June killed 194 people. Another 234 are officially missing, although organizations supporting the communities have insisted there are thousands of missing persons. It spewed more ash and hot rock in October, prompting warnings for the nearby communities. The biggest danger from the volcano are lahars, a mixture of ash, rock, mud, and debris, that can bury entire towns.