Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla

 Event: As of June 12 at 7:35 a.m. Fuego Volcano continues to emit currents of hot gas and volcanic matter towards the Chimaltenango area based on direction of the winds.

Guatemalan authorities discourage visiting closed areas.  Avalanches have produced ash columns, which may result in ash fall in affected areas over the next several days.

The following roads remain closed to all Embassy personnel for both personal and official travel:

  • CA-2 between Escuintla and Cocales. Traveling on rivers and bridges along this particular route is very hazardous.  The link below shows the current flow for Rio Pantaleon, located near CA-2:
  • RN-14 (between Escuintla and Antigua) remains permanently closed by Guatemalan Government
  • CA-1 is closed at Km 240, traveling between Cuatro Caminos and Huehuetenango due to a collapsed bridge.

Embassy personnel are reauthorized travel on CA – 1 westbound to KM 240 and CA – 9 from Guatemala City to San Jose Port.

Embassy Operations: Embassy operations are normal.

Actions to Take: CONRED recommendations in case of falling ashes

  • Cover your eyes, mouth and nose
  • Cover food and potable water storage containers
  • If you have respiratory problems seek medical attention
  • Once the ashes stop falling, clean your rooftops to avoid additional damage
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities