El Rodeo, Escuintla

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El Rodeo
Settlement in Escuintla, Guatemala
El Rodeo is located in Guatemala
El Rodeo
El Rodeo
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°23′26″N 90°49′53″W / 14.39056°N 90.83139°W / 14.39056; -90.83139Coordinates: 14°23′26″N 90°49′53″W / 14.39056°N 90.83139°W / 14.39056; -90.83139
CountryFlag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
 • Total14,125[1]

El Rodeo is a town in the Escuintla Department of Guatemala, about 35 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City. It is located at an altitude of 2,483 m (8,146 ft) above sea level on the southern slopes of an active volcano called Volcán de Fuego — Spanish for Volcano of Fire.[2]

The town, with a population estimated at 14,125[1] was reported to have been buried by volcanic material following the 2018 Volcán de Fuego eruption on 3 June 2018.[3][4] The town was in the early process of evacuation when the eruption happened.[5]

Other nearby towns also covered by the superheated pyroclastic flow include San Miguel Los Lotes, and Alotenango.[3][4] At least 109 people were confirmed dead,[6] and about 192 people are reported missing.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Guatemala 2002 Census (.zip file)
  2. ^ El Rodeo - Departamento de Escuintla - informacion. Pueblos 20. (in Spanish). Accessed 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b At least 33 dead in Guatemala as volcano erupts, burying an entire village. The Washington Post. Susan Hogan and Avi Selk. June 4, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Guatemala volcano: Dozens die as Fuego volcano erupts". BBC News. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  5. ^ Aldea El Rodeo, el rostro de la tragedia. Luis Gonzalez, Republica. 4 June 2018. (In Spanish).
  6. ^ Guatemala volcano death toll rises to 109. Associated Press. Published by Mercury News. 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ More than 190 missing after Guatemala volcano eruption. CNN News. 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Guatemala volcano: Nearly 200 missing and 75 dead". BBC News. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.