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What It Looks Like When One of Guatemala's Most Active Volcanoes Erupts

by Matador Creators Jan 6, 2023

The Fuego volcano, located in Guatemala, is an active stratovolcano standing at over 12,000 feet tall, and has been erupting since 2002. It’s one of three volcanoes that form the great arc of fire that runs through Central America, and offers travelers an awe-inspiring view as well as a chance to explore some incredible natural phenomena.

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The Fuego Volcano—which translates from Spanish as “fire volcano”—has been active since 1531, making it one of Central America’s oldest volcanoes. It stands at an imposing 12,346 feet above sea level, making it an impressive sight to behold. The summit crater measures 0.6 miles in diameter and contains several open fumaroles that emit steam and gas throughout the day.

The Fuego volcano is considered one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. It has experienced upwards of 10 eruptions during its active cycle, with some lasting for weeks or months on end. Despite its frequent eruptions, there have been no reported fatalities due to its activity so far, though it does pose a significant threat to nearby communities due to its proximity and explosive nature.

Despite its activity, many people visit the Fuego volcano each year for sightseeing purposes. Tourists can get a close-up look at this powerful force of nature by signing up for guided tours or by simply observing from afar. Many visitors enjoy watching lava flow down its sides or taking pictures of the plumes emanating from its crater. There are also plenty of scenic hiking trails around the area that offer views of not only the volcano but also other nearby attractions like Lake Atitlan and ancient Mayan ruins.

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