Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption kills 25, injures hundreds

Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption kills 25, injures hundreds

At least one of the people killed was a disaster agency official, according to CBS News.

"It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the El Rodeo village".

More than 20 people have been injured.

Photos taken near Volcan de Fuego show the volcano spewing black smoke and ash into the sky.

A man cleans ashes from the Volcan de Fuego off his auto in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez department, southwest of Guatemala City on Sun., June 3, 2018.

Officials said the dead were so far all concentrated in three towns: El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes. National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas said seven people were confirmed dead and an unknown number were unaccounted for. Some 3,100 people have been evacuated from the area.

Ash fell on the Guatemala City area as well as the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla, which are in south-central Guatemala around the volcano.

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The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346 feet above sea level at its peak.

The eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora worldwide airport to shut down its only runway due to the presence of volcanic ash and to guarantee passenger and aircraft safety, Guatemala's civil aviation authority said in a Tweet. Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua.

The runway was closed due to the presence of volcanic ash and in order to guarantee passenger and aircraft safety, Guatemala's civil aviation authority said in a Tweet.

Two children were burned to death as they watched the volcano's second eruption this year from a bridge, he added.

Workers and guests were evacuated from the La Reunion golf club near Antigua.

In a video circulating on social media, a black cloud of ash could be seen rising from just beyond the golf club. About four hours later, lava began flowing down the side of the mountain. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius).

"It is important to remain calm because the Fuego volcano erupts throughout the year", said David de Leon, spokesman for the National Disaster Prevention Authority.

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