Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts again, red alert issued

Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again -the fifth of the year- just a month after it's last eruption.

Spokesperson of Guatemala's disaster management agency CONRED, David de Leon, said almost 2995 resident in the municipality of Escuintla and two other districts have been forced to flee, taking refuge at a shelter.

told reporters that the eruption became increasingly violent after it began Sunday morning at the volcano which is 3,763 meters (12,246 feet) high and located 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Guatemala City.

Institute of Volcanology said lava is rising 500 meters above Fuego's crater, while the ash column exceeds one kilometre above the volcanic cone and is causing a rain of particles.

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