- Lava from the Pacaya volcano is dangerously close to a nearby community and threatens to bury homes in the area
- For more than two months, there have been at least two dozen eruptions of the volcano
- “The lava continues to advance, what can we do? We have to take our things, otherwise everything will be devastated, “said a concerned neighbor
The force of nature is unstoppable. After several days in eruption, the lava from the Pacaya volcano is dangerously close to a nearby community and threatens to bury homes in the area.
For more than two months, at least two dozen eruptions of the Pacaya volcano have been recorded in Guatemala. Its activity is so strong that now the entire town of Patrocinio is at risk. In addition, there are other 22 threatened towns near the volcano.
Pacaya volcano lava threatens to bury neighboring town
The Pacaya volcano is located in the southwest of the Central American country and after its ‘awakening’, more than 550 families from the town of Patrocinio and the village of San José el Rodeo are under irrigation. Especially their homes that could be buried by lava.
After the incessant activity of the volcano, the lava is approaching and this Friday they reported that it is already only 1,300 feet from the houses. Now the villagers fear the worst and have come together to determine what to do.
What will the citizens do?
According to the authorities, the lava flow “does not show progress”, although they warned that they maintain constant monitoring since “degassing fumaroles with sulfur gases are observed” and also “high temperature areas”.
For their part, citizens believe that the advance of the lava is “almost unstoppable”, so most of them ask the authorities for an evacuation plan with even international cooperation, as explained Carlos Donis, president of the Community Development Council of the locality, to BBC Mundo.
The threat of the volcano
Villagers contemplate the possibility of having to start their lives from scratch. “We are looking for the best way to leave our homes and coordinating, but until now the authorities have not presented us with an immediate action strategy,” says Donis.
“The lava continues to advance, what can we do? We have to take our things, otherwise everything will be devastated, “he added, concerned. “We have the lava 400 meters from the community,” which is perhaps four blocks or blocks away.
They ask the government of Guatemala for help
The neighborhood leader indicates that many of the inhabitants work in nearby factories and that 80% of them have nowhere to go, that is why they are requesting help from the Guatemalan government.
Two and a half months ago, the volcano began to leak lava from one of its cracks and expel ash and smoke from its crater. The opinion. The lava already stretches about 3.7 kilometers in length, authorities said.
What do the experts say?
Gino González, a volcanologist with the organization Volcanes sin Fronteras, explained: “We don’t know how long it can last. It can be many months or years in which the volcano expels lava and it advances 5 or 10 meters per day until it reaches the communities ”.
“We are talking about one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala and it is foreseeable that at some point the lava flow that it emits will reach the communities,” said the experts about the latent threat posed by the volcano.
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