Thousands evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

GUATEMALA CITY, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Nearly 4,000 people were evacuated on Monday from areas around Guatemala's Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting overnight, the country's disaster agency Conred said.

The volcano spewed out dangerous flows of fast-moving clouds of hot ash, lava and gas early Monday and more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters so far, officials from the agency told reporters. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

More dangerous flows of hot ash and lava could be expelled, said Juan Pablo Oliva, the head of the country's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh.

In June, explosive flows from Fuego killed more than 190 people.

This is the fifth eruption so far this year of the 12,346-feet volcano, one of the most active in Central America, about 19 miles (30 km) south of Guatemala City.

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Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupting in November 2018
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Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupting in November 2018
A general view shows Fuego volcano (Volcano of Fire) erupting as seen from San Juan Alotenango, outside of Guatemala City, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Steam rises from Fuego volcano (Volcano of Fire) as seen from San Juan Alotenango, outside of Guatemala City, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soldiers help people to evacuate from areas around Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting, in Aldea Chuchu, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
The Fuego volcano is seen from a provisional shelter after people were evacuated from areas around Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting, in Escuintla, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A general view shows Fuego volcano (Volcano of Fire) erupting as seen from San Juan Alotenango, outside of Guatemala City, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A general view shows Fuego volcano (Volcano of Fire) erupting, as seen from San Juan Alotenango, outside of Guatemala City, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
The Fuego volcano is seen as people are evacuated from areas around Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting, in El Rodeo, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A general view of the provisional shelter after people were evacuated from areas around Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting, in Escuintla, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Steam rises from Fuego volcano (Volcano of Fire) as seen from San Juan Alotenango, outside of Guatemala City, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
Children are pictured inside a provisional shelter after people were evacuated from areas around Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting, in Escuintla, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
The Fuego volcano is seen from a provisional shelter after people were evacuated from areas around Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting, in Escuintla, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
A general view shows Fuego volcano (Volcano of Fire) erupting as seen from San Juan Alotenango, outside of Guatemala City, Guatemala November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
The Fuego Volcano is seen from Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, November 16, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
Residents of San Andres Osuna a community nearby the erupting Fuego volcano, wait for buses to evacuate to a safer area, in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. - Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again, forcing almost 3,000 residents to flee. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the erupting Fuego volcano, as seen from San Andres Osuna in Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. - Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again, forcing almost 3,000 residents to flee. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the Fuego Volcano erupting, as seen from El Rodeo municipality, in Escuintla department, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. - Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again, forcing almost 3,000 residents to flee. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the Fuego Volcano erupting, as seen from El Rodeo municipality, in Escuintla department, 45 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. - Guatemalan authorities on Monday declared a red alert after the Fuego volcano erupted again, forcing almost 3,000 residents to flee. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The Fuego volcano spews ash, as seen from Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez departament, 45 km southeast of Guatemala City on November 16, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The Fuego volcano spews ash, as seen from Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez departament, 45 km southeast of Guatemala City on November 16, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Enrique Garcia; Editing by David Gregorio)

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