Violent volcanic eruption forces thousands to evacuate in Guatemala

Fuego has erupted several times this year.
Fuego has erupted several times this year. Photo credit: Getty

A violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano has forced the evacuation of thousands.

Nearly 4000 people are believed to have been evacuated from areas around the volcano, which is spewing out fast moving clouds of hot ash, lava and dangerous gases.

While there have been no immediate reports of injuries, 2000 people have been forced to take refuge in shelters, according to the country's disaster agency Conred.

Explosions from the 3753m tall volcano shook homes, with Guatemala's volcanology unit comparing the constant sounds to a "train locomotive".

Hot ash and lava is expected to continue.

In June, explosive flows from Fuego killed more than 190 people. This is the volcano's fifth eruption this year.