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[liberationtech] Open Data For Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Eruption, from DigitalGlobe

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Fri Jun 8 12:57:55 PDT 2018

From: Mr. Stace D Maples <stacemaples at>

Last Sunday, May 3, 2018, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted, killing 69
people in nearby villages. As the eruption weakened, the ash cloud
collapsed under its own weight and cascaded down the side of the volcano as
a pyroclastic flow. These pyroclastic flows contain a high-density mix of
hot lava blocks, pumice, ash and volcanic gas, which move very quickly down
volcanic slopes. They can reach a speed of up to 700km/h (450mph) and are
considered to be the most deadly volcanic event because they are impossible
to outrun and can travel for miles. Volcanologists warn that while the
eruption has seized for now, the danger is not yet over. If heavy rain were
to fall on Fuego’s slopes, it could cause deadly mudslides carrying ash,
boulders and debris down the mountainside. The Guatemalan authorities
calculate that 1.7 million people have already been displaced by the
eruption and large areas remain covered in ash.

When crises like this occurs, Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe is committed
to supporting the humanitarian community and fulfilling our purpose of
Seeing a better world by providing critical and actionable information to
assist response efforts. As part of our Open Data Program
<>, DigitalGlobe will publicly release
pre- and post-event imagery of the affected areas to support disaster

The most current DigitalGlobe imagery has been uploaded here:

We will continue to update this blog post and our social media feeds as
more data becomes available.


In F,L&T,

Stace Maples

Geospatial Manager

Stanford Geospatial Center


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