What Is the Pacaya Volcano? Neighboring Active Volcano Next to Fuego Volcano Emits Lava

The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) in Guatemala has reported that lava flow formed on the north side of the Pacaya Volcano.

The volcano, which is the neighbor of the Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire), had a lava flow of 164 feet long and 65 feet wide on Wednesday, according to the Insivumeh. Explosions from the volcano can be as high as 656 feet, the institute reported.

Boletín Vulcanológico Especial No.40-2018 Volcán de PACAYA, Miércoles 06/06/2018. @CIVguate pic.twitter.com/6CjowA13F2

— INSIVUMEH Guatemala (@insivumehgt) June 6, 2018

The volcano has no relation to the Fuego Volcano, and the lava activity is pretty normal, according to the Insivumeh.

The Pacaya Volcano is near Guatemala city and is one of the country's most active volcanoes. Over the years, the volcano is known for strombolian activity, which means it can produce moderate eruptions.

Pacaya Volcano activity is just the latest in Guatemala volcanic activity after the first eruption of the Fuego Volcano on Sunday, which left 75 people dead and at least 200 people missing. There have been only 23 people identified this week, according to Time.

There was a second explosion from the volcano on Tuesday, which took experts by surprise. Insivumeh Director Eddy Sánchez, who works at the Institute told the Associated Press he does not expect "imminent eruption over the next few days."

CONRED, Guatemala's national disaster management agency, said 1.7 million residents were affected by the eruption, and 12,000 people have been evacuated, Reuters reported. This has been the volcano's biggest eruption in the past four decades, according to Reuters.

The Volcán de Fuego is just one of the 34 active volcanoes in Central America, CNBC reported.

"The conditions are extremely critical at this moment," Sánchez told CNBC.

Six patients between the ages of 12 and 16 years old have been transported to Galveston, Texas, to be treated for their injuries.

"They (the patients) are the ones with the worst respiratory problems and would benefit most from the transfer," executive director at Roosevelt Hospital Marco Antonio Barrientos told the Guatemalan newspaper El Periodico.