Guatemalan Volcanoes Activity Reported

11/20/2010 10:30

From InsideCostaRica

GUATEMALA -  The three volcanoes awake in Guatemala kept some activity Wednesday, but without posing immediate danger.

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology recently reported the observatiion of water vapor fumaroles in the volcanoes Pacaya, Fuego and Santiaguito.

They also have weak explosions and rumbling, according to studies and Research Unit of Insivumeh Geophysical Services.

The activity is considered within normal, but is constantly monitored by the Institute, agency of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction. Both agencies recommended to the General Direction of Civil Aviation to take precautions in traffic due to the presence of ash in the atmosphere around the Fuego and Santiaguito volcanoes.

Pacaya, with 2.552 meters above sea level, is just 50 kilometers from Guatemala city, in the southern department of Escuintla, and its area is an attractive National Park for tourism.

On the other hand, the Fuego volcano(3.763 meters) shares Sacatepéquez Escuintla and Chimaltenango territories, in the center-south, and the Santiaguito volcano (2.550 m) is located in the department of Quetzaltenango, in the western highlands

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