In June 2018, Guatemala was left reeling after the most violent and devastating volcanic eruption for 44 years.
The Fuego volcano spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas onto hillside villages, killing over 100 people. Hundreds of families were living in schools and churches for some time after they’d left their home. Sanitation and privacy were poor, as these buildings were not designed to house so many people.
Working with our Rotary contacts, we supported families who were in urgent need. We provided small tents that were used as safe spaces to give families some privacy and preserve dignity. Watch the video to find out more.
How active is the Fuego volcano?
Why do people live near active volcanoes?
Did we know about the Fuego volcano in advance?
How was the volcano eruption in Guatemala different to the Hawaii volcano?
We spoke to Earth Science expert Dr Zoe Mildon and the Earth Sciences department at the University of Plymouth to find out the answers.