Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts, forcing 33,000 to evacuate

September 14, 2012 GUATEMALA - A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities. Guatemala’s head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were leaving some 17 villages around the Volcan del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua. The ash was blowing south and authorities said Antigua was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last for at least 12 more hours. The agency said the volcano spewed lava nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes billowing with ash around Acatenango, a 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as “Volcano of Fire.” A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption, with strong explosions and columns of ash, said Gustavo Chicna, a volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. He said the cinders spewing from the volcano were settling a half-inch thick in many places. He said extremely hot gases were also rolling down the sides of the volcano, which was entirely wreathed in ash and smoke. The emergency agency warned that flights through the area could be affected. There was a general orange alert, the second-highest level, but a red alert south and southeast of the mountain, where, Chicna said, “it’s almost in total darkness.” Teresa Marroquin, disaster coordinator for the Guatemalan Red Cross, said the organization had set up 10 emergency shelters and was sending hygiene kits and water. “There are lots of respiratory problems and eye problems,” she said. –CSM
Pyroclastic flows: Fuego volcano’s activity further increased after 03:25 local time on 13 Sep, and culminated in violent explosive activity with medium-sizes pyroclastic flows running down its slopes (mainly through Ceniza Canyon), INSIVUMEH reports. Nearly 10,000 people living in communities near the volcano were asked by the authorities to evacuate their homes. The lava flow continues to be active and about 100-150 meters long, generating block avalanches into the Taniluyá, Ceniza and Las Lajas canyons. There is now continuous ash emission accompanied by moderate locomotive-like sounds and weak shock waves that rattled windows in nearby villages. Ash plumes are rising 3 km above the crater and ash fall occurred in Panimaché I, Morelia and Santa Sofía, and later in Sangre de Cristo and Yepocapa, and as far as Santiago Atitlán, San Lucas Tolimán, Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, and parts of Mazatenango and Retalhuleu. –Volcano Discovery
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10 Responses to Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts, forcing 33,000 to evacuate

  1. Guate says:

    Thanks for the great job you do Alvin. I have seen pictures of a lot of these people evacuating on buses, pick up truck, trailers, etc. Please, pray for them, it is still raining season in Guatemala and it is getting colder later in the day on this part of the highlands of Guatemala.

  2. Mick says:

    Alvin

    I know you seem to have the inside on just about every natural diaster. I was just wondering if you have heard of an update on Mt. Uturuncu in Bolivia. Its seems like such a massive inflation to not hear anymore on it. Especially with all the activity going on elsewhere. Thanks

    Mick

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      Mt. Uturuncu is extremely worrisome. The volcano is perched at an elevation of 6,000 meters (20,000 ft), so the monsterous clouds of ash in an eruption would have severe implications for virtually all of the southern hemisphere. 70 km of ground (43 miles) is rising in the uplift from the magma intrusion, which is an indication of the powerful forces pushing the volcano towards catastrophe. I haven’t heard anything recently on it…but when I do; I’ll post it.

      Thanks
      Alvin

  3. Kwazai says:

    Its interesting the quake activity thats been going on over the last week on the pacific side of the fault line (subduction side?). Almost like a precursor- including the audible knocks heard by townsfolk.
    My wowrry would be the amount of sulfur emissions the various volcanoes are bringing. Fish kills, acid rain, etc.

  4. Dave says:

    I have seen so much relating to Earths destruction, Earthquakes, Tsunami’s, Biblical “events” unfolding before our eyes. Saying ” ARE YOU READY ” or ‘ GET READY ‘ , Well, if you are not a millionaire, how do you get ready? You’d need a bunker in a mountain with a million dollars worth of food, water, safety air filtration systems, etc ( like the government has for the elite ). How do the rest of us survive? We have prayer, and hopefully, God will “lead us someplace to safety”…. your thoughts ? — Help – Family of 6 – Raleigh, NC

    • One needs flexibility to react to this crisis. What’s more valuable than what one has saved, built, or stored away is the knowledge of the Earth and how nature operates. That will aid in your survival more than food. We should all be interacting more with our natural environs…park the cars, take a break from air-conditioned artifical environments, and get out and interact with nature.

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