The Fuego volcano on Sunday spewed a column of ash up to about 3,300 feet (1 km) high, a government agency reported.
The National Vulcanology Institute said that the volcano, which rises more than two miles (3,763 meters) above sea level, erupted effusively, hurling red hot lava more than a quarter mile (500 meters) into the sky.
The institute went on to say that three rivers of lava were emerging from the crater and moving down the sides of the mountain, while two emissions of ash about 1/2 mile (1,000 meters) high were blowing southeast.
The Institute warned of the possibility that in the coming hours the volcano’s activity will increase to a pyroclastic flow of the kind experienced on May 19 and May 25.
One of the most active volcanoes in the Americas, Fuego has erupted repeatedly since 1524. It is located close to the city of Antigua Guatemala.
Smoke issues from its top daily, but larger eruptions are rare.
Although civil protection authorities do not think the eruption represents a danger for nearby towns, they recommend that residents in the region be on alert.
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