Belching of ash and vapor, Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego (fire volcano) prompted officials to warn air traffic and nearby residents that the mountain could produce a significant eruption at any time. The volcano reawakened in February with eruptions that brought a rain of ash and volcanic debris to adjacent towns. That eruption forced the main international airport in Guatemala City to halt operations until workers could clear the runways of ash.
A more powerful eruption of Fuego in 2012 forced several thousand people to flee the volcano’s slopes. Volcán de Fuego sits on the border of the Guatemalan states of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango. It’s located about 10 miles to the west of the colonial capital of Antigua and rises to 12,346 feet above sea level. EP