Guatemala - Volcano de Fuego OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0043
OCHA Situation Report No.1
Guatemala - Volcano de Fuego
13 February 2002

Source: Microsoft Encarta 2001


1. The Volcano de Fuego (14.47N, 90.88 W summit elev. 3,763 m) is one of Central America's most active volcanoes, and one of the three large volcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital Antigua. The last major explosive eruption from the Volcano de Fuego took place in 1974.

2. Media report that the volcano's activities have increased. On 1 February, ash and steam were emitted from the volcano forming a cloud, which rose to 4.5 km above sea level, and over the last few days two flows of lava have formed.

3. Residents in the risk areas have been warned to be ready for possible evacuation and shelters have been prepared.

4. OCHA remains in contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Guatemala and will revert with further information when available.

5. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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