Stop Pacaya, Stop!

Old Man Waving

I can easily hear a lot of Guatemalans asking just that: Stop Pacaya, Stop!

For those who don’t know, Pacaya is the name of the active volcano south of Guatemala City. Most of the time the volcanic activity of Pacaya is predictable enough that the tourism industry has created tours and added the climb of Volcán de Pacaya as one of the top five things to do in Guatemala. Yesterday, however, Pacaya decided to be naughty and played havoc with Guatemala City, the largest city in Central America. Volcán de Pacaya erupted abruptly, throwing ash and black sand onto Guatemala City and surrounding communities. Here you can see a series of photographs by Eny Roland depicting the damage and chaos created by Pacaya volcano in Guatemala City.

To make matters worse, there was an earthquake and heavy storms began falling yesterday over Guatemala and will continue to fall for the next couple of days. So earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, black sand rains and heavy storms, no wonder Guatemala has become a trending topic in Twitter. 🙁

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