Mount Fuego Eruption 2018

Start Date

June 3, 2018


June 3rd, 2018:

On Sunday June 3rd, Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano erupted violently and with little warning, sending ash nearly four miles into the air, and burying villages under an avalanche like pyroclastic flow of super heated ash and volcanic gasses.  At least 62 fatalities have been reported thus for, with hundreds more missing and injured.  The death toll is expected to climb, and the country’s disaster agency said that over 3,200 people had been evacuated. As of June 5th, eruptions have continued as evacuation orders remain in effect.

VIIRS image of the Fuego eruption from June 3, 2018

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP acquired this image of the ash plume at 1 p.m. local time (19:00 Universal Time) on June 3, 2018, after the ash (brown) had punched through a deck of clouds.

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January 31st, 2018:

Mt. Fuego eruptionMt. Fuego in Guatemala has erupted on January 31st 2018. According to the Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED), the plume reached an altitude of 6,500 meters (21,300) feet above sea level and was carried 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the west and southwest by the winds. Falling ash affected tens of thousands of people, primarily in the provinces of Escuintla and Chimaltenango. Lava from two active conduits flowed through four ravines, leading officials to preemptively close National Route 14 to vehicles.

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July 17, 2018
MODIS thermal time series for Fuego
The upper-right figure shows a plot of total emitted radiance (at 4 microns) from Fuego observed by MODIS (MODVOLC product) from 2000 to present. The time-series data appear that the recent Fuego eruption (June 03, 2018) came at the end of a long waxing-then-waning period of thermal output which began in 2015, and peaked sometime late 2017.
June 28, 2018
Landsat 8 image aquired June 24th, 2018.
Landsat 8 image aquired June 24th, 2018. On June 3, 2018, torrents of hot ash, rock, and gas poured down ravines and stream channels on the slopes of Volcán de Fuego—Guatamala’s Volcano of Fire. More than three weeks after the eruption, the Landsat 8 satellite continued to detect elevated temperatures in some of the pyroclastic flow deposits. The avalanches of volcanic...
June 7, 2018
ARIA damage proxy map of Fuego volcano
The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Caltech, also in Pasadena, created this Damage Proxy Map (DPM) depicting areas around Fuego volcano, Guatemala, that are likely damaged (shown by red and yellow pixels) as a result of pyroclastic flows and heavy ash spewed by Fuego volcano. The map is derived from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites, operated by the...
June 5, 2018
VIIRS image of the Fuego eruption from June 3, 2018
Fuego in Guatemala is one of Central America’s most active volcanoes. For years, the towering Volcán de Fuego has puffed continuously, punctuated by occasional episodes of explosive activity, big ash plumes, lava flows, and avalanche-like debris slides known as pyroclastic flows. Just before noon on June 3, 2018, the volcano produced an explosive eruption that sent ash billowing thousands of meters into the air. A deadly mixture of ash, rock fragments, and hot gases...
February 3, 2018
Mt. Fuego eruption
  It is one of Central America’s most active volcanos. Volcán de Fuego puffs continuously without notice by nearby communities, punctuated by episodes with explosive activity, huge ash plumes, and lava flows. The Guatemalan volcano is at it again, beginning its latest bout of unruly behavior on January 31, 2018. On the next day, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8...