On March 2nd, the Pacaya Volcano erupted and began expelling lava and ash, forcing authorities to relocate approximately three thousand residents of the area.
Officials noted low-level eruptions at the Mackenney crater on February 16th, making it the first eruptive activity monitored at the summit. Prior to this, experts recorded a paroxysmal activity on January 10th, leading to the collapse of the crater floor. On February 25th, the Pacaya Volcano continued to perform mild low-level explosions at the Mackenney Crater. On Saturday, March 2nd, officials observed stronger explosions and the descent of lava flow.
The Pacaya National Park is working with the National Disaster Management Centre to determine whether they need to relocate the three thousand residents of Patrocinio and El Rodeo. According to Humberto Morals, the director of the park, they have already blocked access to the areas surrounding the volcano. Furthermore, officials have redirected flights from the area.
The Guatemalan Government issued a warning, letting people know that they should stay alert and be prepared to evacuate their homes in short notice.