Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

November 19, 2018

Location: Escuintla, Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Event: On Sunday, November 18, Fuego Volcano erupted for the fifth time in 2018.  The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of Barranca Seca and Santa Teresa.

Strong explosions have generated ashes up to height of 17,060 feet.  The following areas currently report ash fall: Panimache I and II, Santa Sofia, Sangre de Cristo, Finca Palo Verde, towards northeast.  There are also reports from Alotenango and Antigua Guatemala; and ash may reach Guatemala City.

The Guatemalan governmental agency for natural disasters, CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) is working with the local authorities in the evacuation of residents in the closest areas, including El Zapote, and Yepocapa.  CONRED has declared red alert for Escuintla.  Embassy operations are normal.

Actions to Take: CONRED recommendations in case of ash fall

  • 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 the roof tops of affected belongings, such as your home roof, to avoid additional damage
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities