Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 5, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla

 Event: On Tuesday, June 5, Fuego Volcano erupted again at approximately 2:10 p.m. local time. The new eruption dispersed hot gas and volcanic matter into the air in the direction of west and northwest, but the direction could change in accordance with prevailing winds.

The Guatemalan governmental agency for natural disasters (CONRED) has ordered an evacuation of some of the Escuintla area and strongly urges against travel to Chimaltenango, and Sacatepequez, including Antigua.  CONRED also recommends that tourists should not attempt to hike the volcano.

With heavy rains expected over the weekend, Lahars (a mixture of water, ash and debris) are expected to inundate many of the major thoroughfares in Guatemala, causing hazardous conditions.

The following roads are closed to all Embassy personnel for both personal and official travel through Sunday, June 10, 2018:

CA – 1 westbound
CA – 2 westbound
CA – 9 from Guatemala City to San Jose Port
RN – 14 is permanently closed by Guatemalan Government

 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