27 Jul
  • By Aizhana Danabekova

Guatemala volcano: at least 147 killed and 276 missing

The death toll from the explosive eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano has risen to 147 with at least 276 people still missing. The eruptions with a massive blast began on June 3 and since then have showered ash over a vast area of the volcano. According to the US Geological Survey, an earthquake of magnitude occurred near the Pacific coast of Guatemala. The epicentre of tremors was located 105 km to the south-west of Champerico. 

In the disaster area, there are more than 1,5 million inhabitants. As seismologists notes the current eruption is one of the most powerful in recent 40 years, and even the international airport had to be closed. The US started to send emergency aid, including financial resources, to help meet food, water and sanitation needs. A team of Cuban doctors in 


Guatemala are providing support in shelters for the displaced. 

The 3,763-metre high Fuego Volcano is one of several active among 34 in the Central American country. It lies near the colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site, which has survived several major eruptions previously.

Aizhana Danabekova holds a BA in International Relations and is currently studying for an MSocSc in Cultural Sociology at University College Dublin. She started her career in journalism in Almaty, Kazakhstan at Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.  She wrote articles about different cultures and led the title “Let’s learn Kazakh”.