Guatemala Volcano Ready to Blow

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One of Guatemala’s active volcanoes, Fuego, is rumbling at a greater-than-usual rate, the emergency services office said Saturday.

The volcano is seeing 12-15 small explosive events per hour, the office said, citing a report from the National Seismological Institute.

Fuego is belching ash to heights of 500-900 meters and ash has been seen in the cities of Antigua Guatemala and San Juan Alotenango, the office said.

At 3,763 meters (12,345 feet) above sea level, Fuego sprawls across three departments of the Central American nation: Sacatepequez, Escuintla and Chimaltenango.

In May, the Pacaya volcano in Escuintla department spewed ash over much of the country.

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