The impact of Volcán de Fuego’s eruption in Guatemala on June 3, 2018, has been absolutely devastating.
The aftermath of this massive eruption is catastrophic with over 12,000 people having been evacuated and some 4,000 currently living in emergency shelters. Over 200 persons remain missing and over 110 deaths have been reported. Since the initial eruption, additional lava flows have prompted additional evacuations as Fuego continues to unleash a dangerous flow of burning sediment. Torrential rainfall has hardened the thick layers of volcanic ash making it even more difficult for rescue workers to dig through the debris. A recent article by the New York Times, Why Guatemala’s Volcano Has Been More Deadly Than Hawaii’s, provides additional context as to the severity of this situation.