2018-06-04: The Fuego volcano, around 40 kilometres south-west of Guatemala City, erupted lava and volcanic ash on Sunday (03 June). Multiple people were killed and hundreds of others were injured. The departments of Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Sacatepéquez, and Guatemala were so far affected by eruptions of ash and rocks. Volcanic ash fall was also reported from parts of Gautemala City. A stream of lava affected the village of El Rodeo. Evacuations were initiated and the airport of Guatemala City was closed for the time being.
Local traffic disruptions and higher levels of air pollution are to be expected. Ongoing air traffic disruptions are possible in Guatemala City. The eruptions may also cause forest fires in the affected area. Travellers need to anticipate local road closures and should inform themselves about the current situation before undertaking overland journeys. Travellers are advised to inform themselves via local media and authorities about the current situation on site, to exercise high caution, and to avoid the surrounding area of the volcano as well as damaged buildings, bridges, and roads. It is also advisable to limit outdoor activities in areas affected by volcanic ash. Passengers are advised to enquire about the current flight status in advance to their journey to the airport. Warnings and instructions of local authorities and media should be strictly followed.
BBC, dpa, FCO, Reuters