Guatemala: Volcan De Fuego’s Eruption And What You Can Do

On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, Volcán de Fuego erupted, a volcano very close to the beautiful colonial town of Antigua and many other nearby communities. It is one of Central America’s most active volcanoes and when it erupted it sent ash up to 33,000 feet into the sky. According to BBC News, “at least 192 people are (currently) missing and 75 are dead as a result of the explosion of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.”

According to LiveScience, Guatemala made the list of most hazardous countries with volcanoes (coming in at #6).  In one of my recent posts on things to do in Guatemala, I mentioned there are 37 volcanoes in Guatemala, 3 of which are active (Fuego, Pacaya, & Santiaguito). Many travelers go to Guatemala and hiking a volcano makes their list of things to do. I’m writing this piece and sharing these images below because I had built such fond memories exploring Guatemala last October and they need all the help they can get right now.

If you’re looking to help, GoFundMe has numerous fundraisers set up to support the Guatemalan Red Cross cover medical expenses, to support the construction efforts to rebuild homes, schools, and basic infrastructures, among other efforts. FastCompany just wrote a piece on how you can help as well with even more ideas. Click through those embedded links to learn more about how you can help, and take a look at the below photos of the devastation if you haven’t seen them already (photo credits provided in caption).

“Volcan Fuego”: Volcano of Fire

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The ash cloud of Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego during the Sunday, June 3rd eruption. Volcán de Fuego is one of Central America's most active volcanos, though usually at low levels. It is located only 25 miles (40.2 km) from Guatemala City, and 10 miles (16 km) west of Antigua. As of the most recent reports, there are 69 dead, hundreds have been injured, and there are active search efforts for missing persons. Volcán de Fuego means "volcano of fire," and its other name, Chi'gag, translates to "where the fire is." Standing at 12,000 ft (3958 m) tall, it is a stratovolcano that dominates the landscape. Its current active period began in 2002. Sunday's eruption is the most powerful one since 1974. The resulting debris and lava flow has created what is known as a lahar, which is a slurry composed of pyroclastic (volcanic) material, rocky debris, and water. It is the lahar which is responsible for much of the deaths and injuries as well as damage to the surrounding areas. ____________________ Featured | @quirrismode Location | Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala #WWTTY | Where Will TOTEM Take You? ____________________ #TOTEMMade #Volcano #Guatemala

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