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Volanic eruption closes La Aurora Airport PDF Print

Pacaya erupting in 1976
The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Guatemala that a volcanic eruption of Pacaya Volcano, 20 miles from Guatemala City, occurred in the evening hours of May 27. Volcanic ash continues to fall, covering much of the surrounding area including, in Guatemala City.

La Aurora International airport has ceased all operations due to falling and debris on the runway. International flights are being diverted to San Salvador and domestic flights to Santa Elena Peten. ConRed has issued a code red alert for all residents of the Departments of Guatemala and Escuintla and residents are advised to remain in their homes.

Affected travelers are being advised to monitor the news on television or radio for the latest information and updates.

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will be closed on Friday, May 28 due to the eruption. The Embassy will also be closed on Monday, May 31 for an American Holiday.

More information can be found at www.prensalibre.com  

Prensa Libre reported that three persons were killed during the eruption and that President Colom has declared a state of disaster in Guatemala, Escuintla and Sacatepequez.

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