On Sunday, June 3, 2018. Central America’s most active volcano erupted, causing more fatalities than any of those previously recorded at Fuego, near Antiguia, Guatemala.
Many of the communities are densely populated, and the villages are right on the foothills of the volcano.---many people did not have time to flee. More than 2 million people have been affected. Official reports estimate at least 159 people killed, 57 injured, and 256 missing. Many people were forced to flee their homes because of the cloud of toxic volcanic ash which rose 16,000 feet.
Entire villages have been wiped out. Large areas of the other communities remain covered in ash as far away as Joyabaj, (about a three hours drive or 72 Km away from the eruption site in Antigua.) The land and water in the affected area will be unusable for years to come. As of November 28, 2018 seismic activity was still reported.