On Sunday June 3, 2018, the Fuego Volcano erupted, generating columns of ash as high as 6.2 miles above sea level. The Fuego Volcano is located 27 miles southeast of Guatemala City.
Those who live in the area were exposed to lava mixed with mud which ran down the volcano, as well as explosive columns of volcanic dust which covered the area and gave the impression of a toxic crust. This eruption caused death, buried homes, ruined highways and bridges, and destroyed harvests of coffee, corn and beans. Emotional effects included uncertainty, deep sadness because of these losses, feelings of helplessness, and recurring memories about the event.
According to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh), this eruption is the largest since 1974, and there are no previous records of these fast-moving pyroclastic flows of lava and mud. Guatemala's national disaster organization, CONRED, reported that 1,714,387 people were affected, 12,823 evacuated, 3,587 in shelters, 113 dead, and 329 disappeared. Other organizations estimate that the number of dead and disappeared may be as high as 2,900.
Below, read a story of hope and CEDEPCA's efforts to help those affected and how you can further our efforts.
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The CEDEPCA Staff