Nearby volcano erupting at PGA Tour Latinoamerica event

Stephanie Wei

Nearby volcano erupting at PGA Tour Latinoamerica event

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Nearby volcano erupting at PGA Tour Latinoamerica event

Golf courses often offer stunning views, but that doesn’t always mean the same thing.

PGA Tour Latinoamerica is in Antigua, Guatemala, this week for the Guatemala Stella Artois Open, and no player is going to be ignorant of the scenery near Fuego Maya Golf Course – the tournament’s host club.

That’s because nearby Fuego Volcano is currently erupting!

We know this because you can track the volcano’s activity here (although the last update is four days old). Plus, there’s footage.

Over at Weiunderpar.com, Stephanie Wei posted a video (sent to her by Paul Apyan, a player in the field) of the eruption ongoing at Fuego Volcano during tournament week.

Here’s the YouTube video of the eruption, as well.

Pretty incredible, and unnerving. Wei’s post also includes a few snapshots Apyan and others took of the volcano in action.

Fuego Volcano is actually one of Central America’s most active volcanoes. According to Volcanodiscovery.com, it’s offered “frequent vigorous historical eruptions” since 1524 and has produced major ashfalls, along with occasional pyroclastic flows and lava flows.

The volcano’s style of eruption is classified as “dominantly explosive,” with the last major explosive eruption taking place in 1974. That eruption produced “spectacular” pyroclastic flows.

According to the same site, the volcano has been in constant eruption since 2002.

Anyway, a volcano erupting nearby can’t be too comforting, but then again if it’s been constantly doing so for 15 years with no major eruption since the ’70s, it’s more a mesmerizing site than any danger to the players.

The first round of the tournament was actually suspended Thursday due to high winds, and action Friday could be delayed as well.

Just more time to sit back and look at Fuego Volcano in action.

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