News outlets are reporting that the Fuego volcano in Guatemala’s Antigua region has shown signs of significant activity, shooting lava and columns of ash into the air. Antigua is surrounded by three volcanoes, with Vulcan de Fuego being the the most active, spewing gas and steam daily. Yesterday’s event was less common, enough to put authorities, residents, and visiting coffee buyers on alert.
Guatemala’s National Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology Institute said in a statement Saturday that Fuego shot ash 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) into the air. Lava flows reached up to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in length.
Digital Journal reported additional information that as of this morning, a flight advisory was issued, warning aircraft to stay out of a 25-mile radius of Fuego. Some highways have been closed due to the lava flow.
We spoke with Colby Barr, of Verve Coffee Roasters, who happens to be in Guatemala at this very moment. Mr. Barr told Sprudge, “[The flood] was in Antigua. It’s already receding but was just serious déjà vu.” During the 2010 Guatemala Cup Of Excellence, Pacaya covered Guatemala City in two inches of volcanic ash as three feet of rain poured over a three day period. In the last 24 hours, rains have calmed and no evacuations have been ordered.