Guatemala's Volcano of Fire spews fiery material, huge ash columns; no immediate evacuations

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire has erupted in dramatic fashion, spewing incandescent material and sending columns of ash up to 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) above sea level.

No evacuations have been ordered due to Sunday night's volcanic activity. But officials are asking nearby communities to remain vigilant.

The country's volcanology agency says the mountain produced "constant sounds similar to a train locomotive and strong explosions" that rattled roofs and windows 18 miles (30 kilometers) away.

National disaster response spokesman David de Leon said Monday that particulate matter was falling in at least eight nearby towns.

The Volcano of Fire stands some 12,300 feet (3,763 meters) above sea level in south-central Guatemala. It erupted 13 times last year.