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article imageOfficials keep watch on Fuego volcano in Guatemala

By Leigh Goessl     May 21, 2012 in World
Guatemala's Fuego volcano began showing signs of significant activity over the weekend. In the early morning hours on Saturday, it began to spew ash and emit lava.
According to Reuters, the ash shot up about 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) and the lava discharged nearly 1,300 feet (400 meters) high. The activity began about 2:45 a.m. local time.
As a result of the volcanic activity, a flight advisory was issued, warning aircraft to stay out of the 25-mile (40 kilometer) radius of Fuego. Additionally, some highways were closed due to the lava flow.
Times Live reported Fuego is one of Central America's most-active volcanoes.
Fuego overlooks Antigua, a popular tourist city, and is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking the city. According to, eruptions described as "vigorous" have been documented since 1524.
This is reportedly the largest eruption since the last major eruption took place in 1974. Fuego had been in slumber for a while, but has been experiencing ongoing activity since 2002 and saw an eruption in 2007.
With the weekend activity of Fuego's awakening, the alert level in the region was raised to orange, reported AccuWeather, and officials are keeping close tabs on the volcano's activity in the event an evacuation may be necessary.
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