Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Fuego
in Guatemala

Event summary

GREEN alert: The Fuego Volcanic eruption is unlikely to require external humanitarian assistance based on the exposed population and coping capacity.

GDACS ID VO 1000059
Name: Fuego
Lat/Lon: 14.473 , -90.88
Event Date: 13 Dec 2022 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 1230000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 8730000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 4
Population Exposure Index PEI: 5
Inserted at: 13 Dec 2022 07:07 UTC

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Guatemala - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 13 Dec 2022)Tue, 13 Dec 2022 10:45

  • On 11 December, Volcán de Fuego located on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez Departments (central-western Guatemala) erupted and the ash column reached 5,000 m above sea level as reported by the National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (INSUVIMEH).
  • The volcanic activity continued into 12 December, with ash emissions rising 4,800 m above sea level and dispersing about 20 km in a west and south-west direction. 
  • Several communities, including Panimaché I and II, Finca Palo Verde have been affected by ash fall. According to media, flights at the main national airport in Guatemala city were suspended, while a highway that connects the south and the centre of the country remained preventively closed. 
  • CONRED is constantly monitoring the situation and recommended people nearby the volcano to follow the local response plan (including the evacuation routes and the meeting points) in case of emergency. 
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report provides information about global volcanism on a weekly basis. Latest Fuego report has been published on 07 Dec 2022 10:09.
INSIVUMEH reported that 4-12 explosions per hour were recorded at Fuego during 29 November-6 December, generating ash plumes that rose as high as 1.1 km above the crater rim. The ash plumes drifted as far as 30 km W, WSW, and SW causing daily ashfall in areas downwind including Morelia (9 km SW), Panimach? I and II (8 km SW), Santa Sof?a (12 km SW), El Porvenir (8 km ENE), Los Yucales (12 km SW), Sangre de Cristo (8 km WSW), El Porvenir (8 km ENE), San Pedro Yepocapa (8 km NW), Finca Palo Verde, Ojo de Agua, and Santa Emilia. Daily shock waves rattled structures in communities around the volcano. Daily block avalanches descended the Ceniza (SSW), Seca (W), Trinidad (S), Taniluy? (SW), Honda, Las Lajas (SE), El Jute (ESE), and Trinity drainages, often reaching vegetated areas. Strombolian explosions ejected incandescent material as high as 400 m above the summit on a few of the days. Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia, e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH)
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (32), (2), INGV (2), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),