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Increased volcanic activity reported at Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego on November 2

On November 2 the Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) reported increased volcanic activity at Volcán de Fuego, with weak explosions throughout the day and a cloud of a 4800-meter-high cloud of ash. Ashfall was also reported in nearby villages. While no evacuation orders have been issued as of November 3, INSIVUMEH has requested the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) to issue an alert.

The Volcán de Fuego, located 44 km west of Guatemala City, is one of the most active volcanoes in Latin America. On June 3 the volcano saw the deadliest eruption in Guatemala since 1929, killing at least 159 people. The last eruption took place on October 12, when 62 people were evacuated and a nearby highway was temporarily closed. While volcanic activity dissipated shortly thereafter, further geological events cannot be ruled out over the coming days and weeks.

Those currently residing or operating in Guatemala are advised to maintain vigilance and to stay alert to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

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