(June 6, 2018) The Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted a second time Tuesday afternoon. Although this eruption was smaller than Sunday’s explosion, authorities have ordered additional evacuations. At least 192 people are missing and 75 are dead as a result since Sunday. Flows of ash, gas and rock are additional concerns, which will produce a “curtain of ash,” according to Guatemala’s National Coordination for Disaster Reduction.
The volcano is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Guatemala City, where many of CI’s sponsored families live. Our Guatemala agency has confirmed CI operations and programs are continuing as scheduled, none of the communities where we operate were impacted.
We’re deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life and the significant damage caused by the eruption.
We will update you here or on Facebook should the situation change.
(June 4, 2018) This Sunday night, the Fuego volcano located about 40 kilometers from Guatemala City, Guatemala, had a major eruption that released a pyroclastic lava flow and spewed ash 6 kilometers. Ash fall continues to impact around 1.7 million people in the Guatemala City area, but the eruption officially ended late Sunday, according to the Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology.
Sponsored families and CI staff live in communities near the impact of the disaster, but there has been no reported impact on our sponsored communities or program operations as of now. Those living in the danger zone are advised to stay in their homes and wear masks due to the ash in the air.
We will stay in close contact with staff monitoring the status of the situation and our sponsored families. Our hearts are with the Guatemalan communities facing the aftermath of this eruption. Stay up to date by checking back here and on our Facebook page.