Guatemalans Learn to Coexist With Active Volcanoes

Americas Now

Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano has been erupting for the last three weeks. Its 3,500 meter-long lava flow is now threatening two rural communities and countless agricultural fields.

While the economic impact on agriculture is strong, there are those who are benefitting from an increase in tourists hiking up one side of the volcano to see the lava flow up-close.

Some even cook pizzas in the river of fire.

Have Guatemalans learned a lot from the catastrophic Fuego Volcano explosion in 2018 that killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands? 

Correspondent Harris Whitbeck went there to talk to survivors and hear about the lessons learned. This is his report.