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Guatemala’s Volcano Fires Up Again

Dozens of people were buried alive or burned beyond recognition in June when the volcano expelled smoldering gas

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A plume of smoke and ash rises from the Volcano of Fire, June 15, 2018, as seen from San Miguel Los Lotes, Guatemala. Guatemala's Volcano of Fire, one of the region's most active, started spewing ash again Friday. VOA

Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire spewed ash and lava Saturday just months after an eruption killed at least 110 people.

The country’s seismology and volcanology institute said hot lava was spilling from the crater and flowing toward a ravine.

Constant rumblings sounded like an engine, and columns of gray ash billowed 4,600 meters (15,091 feet) into the air.

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Authorities urged nearby residents to evacuate and be alert for possible lahars — flows of mud, debris, water.

Authorities urged nearby residents to evacuate and be alert for possible lahars — flows of mud, debris, water and pyroclastic material — that could be fed by afternoon rains.

The Volcano of Fire is one of the most active in Central America.

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Dozens of people were buried alive or burned beyond recognition in June when the volcano expelled smoldering gas, ash and rock, catching residents off guard.

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Mount Etna Shoots Molten Lava High into Italian Sky

The volcano on the island of Sicily previously erupted in December

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This videograb released by AFPTV shows Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano, erupting, on May 31, 2019, near Catania, due to the opening of two eruptive fractures, according to the volcanologists of the Ingv Etna Observatory. VOA

Mount Etna in southern Italy has burst into life, spitting molten lava high into the sky, though cloud cover Saturday ruined the view for those brave enough to venture up the flanks of Europe’s highest volcano.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) said there was “lively spattering” as fire and hot ash spewed high into the sky in an eruption which began Thursday and had slowed slightly by Saturday but still posed a risk to climbers.

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The volcano on the island of Sicily previously erupted in December. VOA

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The lava came from two eruptive fissures on the northeastern and south-southeastern sides of the New Southeast Crater.

The volcano on the island of Sicily previously erupted in December. The latest lava show was not expected to pose any problems for nearby residential areas or for flights at the closest airport at Catania. (VOA)