In a bulletin issued on December 28, 2012 by CONRED, three explosions have been recorded at the Pacaya volcano, Guatemala, with ash seen up to 3 km above sea level. Experts advised that Pacaya’s strombolian type of activity will continue in the coming days or weeks, causing explosions in the crater and possible lava flows. This is considered as normal for Pacaya. After being dormant for a century, it erupted violently in 1965 and has been erupting continuously since then.
According to classification, Strombolian volcanoes are characterized by a regular or constant explosions throwing pasty lava and are accompanied by lava flows and gas emissions.
CONRED (National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction) has advised population to be on alert to indications that authorities disclosed, avoid spreading rumors, avoid putting their lives at risk, report any incidents to the authorities and when one of them happens to be calm.