North American Plate

Fuego - CC

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Volcano Data
Volcano Name:
Fuego or “Volcano of Fire” (also called Chigag)
Guatemala, Latitude: 14.483 N Longitude: 90.883 W
Tectonic Plate:
Fuego is located on the Motagua Fault line, between the North American and Caribbean Plate.
Fuego is 3,763 m above sea level.
Type of Volcano:
It is a stratovolcano.
Rock type of lava:
Basaltic, mafic, this means that it is fairly explosive. Basalt is an extrusive rock that is fine and grainy with large crystals. Mafic rocks are rich in magnesium and iron and are dark in color.
Fuego is located in the Sierra Madres near the city of Antigua, Guatemala.
Date of Last Eruption:
It last erupted Thursday Jan 15, 2009 and has been steadily active since the 1500’s
Type of Last Eruption:
It was a strombolian (explosive) eruption and it produced ash plumes and constant avalanches where huge rocks fell from the summit.

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Typical Eruption
Fuego smokes daily and erupts frequently, but its eruptions are rarely large. It typically erupts with spewing lava, rock, ash, and cinders. When its eruptions are large, they are usually explosive.

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Hazards: (type your description below)
The eruptions of Fuego produce ash fall, pyroclastic flows, cinders (extrusive igneous rocks), and lava flows. It also has a crater. Lahars also have occurred as well as flying objects ejected from the volcano (rock, ash, etc.) 100,000 people live in the danger zone of Fuego. Fuego is right next to Acatenango, another stratovolcano; often when erupts, the other also erupts because their lava comes from the same place.

Citations for information in MLA style:

“Fuego Volcano.” Volcano Live. John Seach. Web. 16 Nov. 2009. <>.

“Fuego Volcano.” Volcano Discovery. Volcano Discovery. Web. 16 Nov. 2009. <>.

“Fuego Volcano, Guatemala.” Fuego Volcano, Guatemala. Web. 16 Nov. 2009. <>.