Thursday - September 13, 2012, the Fuego volcano began spewing lava and ash. There are reports that ashes are falling on Santiago, Lago Atitlan, it appears people living on Lago Atitlan are safe.
Please answer questions below in comments area:
1. What is the official Guatemalan web site for volcano status?
2. What is the ratings of the Fuego Volcano eruption for September 13, 2012?
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3. Where is the official contact office for Lago Atitlan?
Distances: 11 miles from Antigua, 26 Miles from Guatemala City, 25 Miles from Lago Atitlan.
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Volcán de Fuego
Volcán de Fuego ("Volcano of Fire") is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala. It sits about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, one of the Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions. It has erupted frequently since the Spanish conquest. "Fuego" is famous for being almost constantly active at a low level. Smoke issues from its top daily, but larger eruptions are rare. On August 9, 2007 Fuego erupted spewing lava, rock and ash. Guatemala's volcanology service reported that seven families were evacuated from their homes near the volcano. The volcano is joined with Acatenango and collectively the complex is known as La Horqueta. A new round of activity began on 19 May 2012, with lava flows and ejections of ash.
I found the Guatemalan Government website with information but not a spacific site just about the volcano.
Also find the Vice President of Guatemala talking about the evacuation on her facebook page. Not any more specifics then that. https://www.facebook.com/roxanabaldettipp
On the day of the eruption a magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit 47 km south of the volcano.
I have been on a couple of dead or inactive volcanos and they are very interesting but,
I would never want to live very close to one as you never know when it decides to blow.
Living in Calif we get low mag earthquakes on a regular basis (most are quite a ways off shore)
and of course there have been some bad ones not that long ago but I think that I can survive one
in less its a super mag very nearby, then...oh well ??
I have been near just about every natural disaster possible at one time or another, typhoon, forest
fires, tornados, floods, etc.
I personally consider floods as the worst when they do not destroy everything. Insurance pays for
clean up and repair, etc and then you move back in.
Whoopie! The stink is in the walls forever and generally the mold. Your property value sinks to just
about zero so in less you have the bucks you have to live in it forever.
I have always avoided flood areas.