Major eruption of Fuego volcano sends plume of ash 4,700 meters (15,400 feet) in the air in Guatemala

The Fuego volcano in Guatemala has undergone a major explosion on September 1, 2020, sending a cloud of ash up to 4,700 meters into the sky, after volcanologists have observed an increase in its activity in recent days.

Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for “Volcano of Fire,” is an active volcano in Guatemala, Central America.

The stratovolcano volcano is located on the Ring of Fire, a 40,000km horseshoe in the Pacific Ocean known for high volcanic and seismic activity.

The Fuego volcano is well known to be almost constantly active at low levels. While larger eruptions are rare, small gas and ash eruptions occur every 15 to 20 minutes.

On Monday, August 31, ongoing strombolian activity caused lava to eject up to 300 meters above the summit of the volcano.

The eruption sparked “moderate to strong avalanches of material“, and lava reportedly started to descend down the slopes of the volcano.

Weak to moderate explosions were recorded at six to nine-hour intervals, and an ash plume reached approximately 4,500 to 4,700 meters into the sky.

Latest Fuego eruptions

During previous eruptions, the Fuego volcano has caused major devastation.

The Fuego volcano erupted in June 2018, and it was the volcano’s most violent eruption in four decades.