Volcano Pacaya Active Again in Guatemala

July 14, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

A man cleans the roof of his home of ashes from the Pacaya volcano, some 50 km (31 miles) south of Guatemala City, in Las Calderas, San Vicente Pacaya, Guatemala.  (Johan Ordonez/Getty Images)
A man cleans the roof of his home of ashes from the Pacaya volcano, some 50 km (31 miles) south of Guatemala City, in Las Calderas, San Vicente Pacaya, Guatemala. (Johan Ordonez/Getty Images)
Minor explosions were reported Tuesday from Guatemala’s volcano Pacaya, located about 24 miles from Guatemala City, according to Spanish newswire EFE.

Five explosions of ash rose 160 feet into the air according to authorities who are closely monitoring its activity. They expect the activity to increase and have placed a temporary ban on tourists hiking on the volcano, according to the report.

Last May, Pacaya erupted leaving at least one journalist dead, and about 2,000 people had to evacuate, according to Spanish language Terra TV. The blast last May released tons of sand and cost millions of dollars in damage.

When Pacaya erupted in February 2000, it spewed an incandescent stream of lava for three hours, to a height of nearly 4,000 feet, according to Guatemala’s Institute of Volcanology.

The volcano has been active with periodic eruptions since 1565, according to the institute.