June 12, 2012 – Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Lets Off Some Steam: Volcán Fuego, one of Central America’s most active volcanoes, is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala’s former capital, Antigua. At 12,343 feet (3,763 meters) it is an imposing figure (pictured below). The Fuego Volcano is located in the central southern region of Guatemala. Fuego andAcatenango are two of several paired volcanoes in Guatemala.
Maybe because of its violent history, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano is being closely monitored Monday by experts since it is increasing its activity for the third time this year. According to National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (INSIVUMEH), the 3,763-meter above sea level volcano is on an effusive (gushing) eruption phase. Because of the dangerous conditions, INSIVUMEH warns about the possibilities of an increase in volcanic activity, last seen on May 19th and the 25th.
The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conrad) was forced to declare an orange alert, which is one notch below the highest level (red). (Credits – Pictures – Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH), Narrative – RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service, The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and W. G. Foster).