An­other Guatemalan vol­cano erupts

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

GU­ATEMALA CITY: Gu­atemala City’s La Aurora in­ter­na­tional air­port sus­pended oper­a­tions yes­ter­day due to ash af­ter the Pa­caya vol­cano in­creased ac­tiv­ity.

Pa­caya, 48km south of the cap­i­tal, is spew­ing ash and gas about 3500m into the air and has pro­duced low­level lava flows over the past few months, seis­mo­log­i­cal and vol­canic in­sti­tute In­sivumeh said. Winds were blow­ing the col­umn some 10km to the north­north­east.

It was pos­si­ble Pa­caya would in­crease its vol­canic ac­tiv­ity over the ‘‘com­ing hours or days’’, In­sivumeh said.

Guatemalan au­thor­i­ties are al­ready on high alert af­ter the Fuego vol­cano erupted on June 3, killing at least 110 peo­ple.

The sum­mit of Hawaii’s Ki­lauea vol­cano erupted yes­ter­day and fis­sures on its east­ern slope sent lava up to 50m high. The vol­cano is show­ing no signs of calm­ing down and the most ac­tive fis­sure, Fis­sure 8, is still pour­ing into the ocean at Kapoho Bay. — Reuters

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