Guatemala – Fuego

Read report describing fieldwork conducted at Fuego volcano by INSUVUMEH scientists in which they use equipment donated by the IVM-Fund: OVFGO_INSIVUMEH_Report_October 26, 2013

Read Complete Report on IVM-Fund trip to Guatemala March 19 – 24, 2013

In 2011 & 2012 the IVM-Fund worked with our colleagues at INSIVUMEH (the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology)  in Guatemala to embark upon a new project to support their volcano monitoring efforts at Fuego volcano. Located ~18 km SW of the town of Antigua (pop. ~35,000) and ~40 km, west of the capitol Guatemala City (pop. ~2 million), Fuego volcano is one of the three most active volcanoes in Guatemala (the other two are Santiaguito and Pacaya). Our new project at Fuego is very similar to our previous project in Guatemala in which we delivered requested volcano monitoring instruments and field equipment to the Santiaguito volcano observatory.

Fuego volcano observatory and Fuego volcano in the background, May 2010

Fuego volcano observatory, May 2010

Before we were able to launch our program and deliver volcano monitoring equipment to the Fuego volcano observatory, the volcano erupted on September 13, 2012 with unusual ferocity. The eruption involved lava flows, block avalanches, and pyroclastic flows. Volcanic ash fell on towns and cities up to 86 km away. The alert level was raised to Orange (the third highest on a four color scale). According to the Smithsonian Institute’s Global Volcanism Program report, ~10,600 people were evacuated from communities located close to the volcano.


Sept. 13, 2012 Eruption Report from INSIVUMEH (in Spanish)

Two photos of the eruption of Fuego volcano September 13, 2012

Here is a testimonial written by Guatemalan Ph.D. candidate Rüdiger Escobar-Wolf about the value of the IVM-Fund’s support for volcano monitoring at Fuego.

In March 2013, the IVM-Fund completed our Fuego volcano monitoring support project and delivered ~$4500 worth of equipment to the Fuego Volcano Observatory. This effort helped outfit the observers with much needed tools to make valuable observations and measurements of the volcanic activity and its effects.

Please support volcano monitoring at Fuego volcano in Guatemala by making a donation.