Pacaya volcanic eruption in Guatemala on June 6, 2018.

Pacaya volcanic eruption in Guatemala on June 6, 2018.
A statement issued by the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) said the country's National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (INSIVUMEH) had confirmed that the Pacaya volcano, located less than 20 miles from Fuego, had begun expelling lava yesterday morning.

It explained: "A lava flow of approximately 50 metres long and 20 wide was formed.

"This activity is typical of the volcano and has no relation to the recent activity of Fuego volcano.

"The Executive Secretary of the CONRED carries out the corresponding monitoring of this activity through the departmental delegates and the Volcano Prevention Unit (UPV).


"There are slight and strong rumblings and the lava flow continues to move towards Los Potros, while there is continuous monitoring by CONRED and INSIVUMEH.

"It is recommended that the population be attentive to updates in the information presented by the authorities through the social networks of CONRED, the website and CONRED Radio, as well as being calm and not spreading rumours."

Pacaya is an active complex volcano in Guatemala, which first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago and has erupted at least 23 times since the 16th century Spanish invasion of Guatemala.

The website volcanodiscovery.com describes Pacaya as "one of Guatemala's most active volcanoes".

It adds: "Its frequent eruptions are often visible from Guatemala City.

"Typical activity in recent years includes strombolian activity, lava flow emission and intermittent violent phases of lava fountaining."