Guatemala Fuego Volcano


About the Crisis

Guatemala’s El Fuego volcano, located about 25 miles southwest of Guatemala City, began emitting strong eruptions of rock, ash, and gases, on June 3. The eruptions generated pyroclastic flows that extended more than 25 miles from the crater, according Guatemala’s National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology.

In response, international and non-governmental organizations are supporting disaster relief efforts to help those displaced by El Fuego. Aid groups are providing urgently-needed food, safe drinking water, emergency shelter, and relief supplies, and more, to people in need.

For more information on the the U.S. government’s response efforts to El Fuego, visit


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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