On Sunday, June 3rd at around 3:00 p.m., the sky turned dark and a strange rain began. It was rainig ash and sand in 8 states of Guatemala. A mere 45 kilometers away from the capital city the Fuego volcano had erupted, spitting out 30 million cubic meters of pyroclastic material. A deadly mixture of lava, water and mud with a core temperature of 700 C°, avalanched over the volcano’s slopes and at a speed of 100 to 200 km/h.
The boiling river of lava and mud descended through a terrain depression named “Barranca Grande”, and into the surrounding villages, reducing the houses, forests, roads, and aony other living and nonliving objects to a charred pile of ash. By sunset rescue teams started working, although the jos was extremely complicated due to the tremendously hot ground temperature, which melted the firemen and army men’s boots and caused severe burns in their feet.