Interviewing a survivor of the recent Fuego volcano in central Guatemala would be exciting and dangerous. The volcano has resumed activity, shooting lava and columns of ash into the air on Monday. It overlooks the tourist city of Antigua and is one of Central America’s most-active volcanoes. Fuego is located just South of another young volcano, Acatenango; the two make up a paired volcano, like others in Northern Central America (Halsor and Rose, 1987). The two volcanoes have erupted lavas which differ notable in composition – most of Acatenango’s lavas are andesites, while Fuego has recently erupted only basalt. Acatenango also has a much lower level recent activity. The N trending line between Acatenango and Fuego also encompasses the positions of two minor vents, Yepocapa and Meseta. Meseta represents an older, partly eroded or collapsed vent just North of Fuego. It is broadly andesitic in composition (Chesner and Rose, 1984) (http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/fuego/geoset2.html).
Survivors not only provide insight, but also represents a group currently in peril. It would be interesting to find out:
1) Where were you when the volcano erupted?
2) How did you hear of the activity?
3) What will you do now that the Fuego volcano is active?
Additional information on the volcano can be found at