Volcano eruption caught on mobile device in Guatemala

ALOTENANGO, GUATEMALA (MAY 05, 2017) (VERTICAL) (JOSE RENE) – Amateur video shot on a mobile device showed ash and cloud rising from Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Friday (May 5).

At least 300 people have been evacuated from the area below the volcano which rumbled to life around dawn on Friday. Local schools have also been closed.

The eruption was the fourth here this year, making Fuego one of the most active of Guatemala’s 37 volcanoes.

Guatemala’s volcanic monitor, Insivumeh, said in a statement that thick columns of ash reached between 34,000 feet (5,500 meters) and 37,000 feet (6,000 meters) above sea level, amid loud explosions and extended new lava flows.

According to Insivumeh’s statement, ash was swept more than 20 kilometres (12 miles) towards the south, southwest and west and fell in the areas of San Pedro Yepocapa, Sangre de Cristo, Panimache I and II.

Local media reported that the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) has not yet reported damages after the explosion, which is the fourth so far this year.

The volcano is located about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of the Guatemalan capital.