The volcano closed Guatemala City's La Aurora International Airport over the weekend as columns of ash landed on the runway and blocked visibility.
Compartimos vídeo de actividad eruptiva que registró el volcán de Fuego ayer por la noche. Ricky Lopez Bruni -Cine- https://t.co/vAiPefKJPK— CONRED (@ConredGuatemala) 9 февраля 2015
The Twitter account of Guatemala's National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) reported late Sunday night that three people had been killed and 13 injured.
Officials say that the volcano has forced the evacuation of at least 100 people in the area, and has resulted in the closure of schools in the Sacatepequez area. CONRED warned residents in the country's south to stay in their homes, wear masks or wet clothes to avoid the inhalation of contaminants, to cover their water tanks, and to be aware of evacuation routes in case things get worse.
Actividad eruptiva de Volcán Fuego registrada ayer por la noche, INSIVUMEH reportó que duro 22 hrs Fotos: Ivan Castro pic.twitter.com/ed61cy1Ebz— CONRED (@ConredGuatemala) 8 февраля 2015
The active volcano, 18,000 feet above sea level, is located about 60 kilometers southwest of the capital, near the Pacific coast, bordering the states of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez. It erupted on Saturday, and has been spewing ash and rock throughout the south of the country ever since. The largest eruption in recent years occurred in 2012, when 35,000 people were evacuated.