Volcán de Fuego


Volcan de Fuego is a 3,763m active stratovolcano situated in Guatemala. It is almost constantly active. In 2018, a sudden flank eruption produced its most powerful eruption since 1974. Dozens of people were killed in a pyroclastic flow and lahar.

Location: Guatemala
Coordinates: 14.475260, -90.880647
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano


Volcan de Fuego’s Location


Volcan de Fuego’s Latest Status

2024: Volcán de Fuego remains highly active, producing ash plumes to 5000 meters.


Volcan de Fuego’s Eruptive History

1974 Significant eruption (VEI=4). Ash clouds reaching 7km were produced and carried over 150km away. Pyroclastic flows produced. This eruption destroyed houses and crops.
1999 After 12 years of little activity, Fuego erupted. Two airliners flew through the ash causing extensive damage to the aircraft.
2003 Multiple eruptions, lava flows and incandescent rockfalls recorded.
2009 Typical degassing and eruptions occurring. Almost in a state of constant eruption.
2012 Increased activity saw the evacuation of surrounding communities (mostly due to the pyroclastic flow risk).
2015 More evacuations due to heightened unrest. La Aurora International Airport is closed.
2018 3 June 2018 – The most violent eruptive episode since 1974. Multiple eruptions occurred creating a massive ash plume to over 15km high. This produced multiple pyroclastic flows that descended down the flanks in the multiple locations. The communities of San Miguel Los Lotes and El Rodeo were covered in ash. 110 recorded fatalities.
2020 Fuego is in a near state of constant eruption, producing ash plumes to over 4000m.
2023 Fuego continues to erupt with 4-12 explosions per hour on average.
2024 Volcán de Fuego remains highly active, producing ash plumes to 5000 meters.


Volcan de Fuego’s Monitoring

For monitoring of Guatemala’s Volcanoes, please refer to INSIVUMEH


Volcan de Fuego’s Images