Monday, 18 June, 2018

Seven killed and 20 hurt by fiery volcano eruption in Guatemala

Six dead or missing after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts Guatemala's Fuego volcano claims lives in deadly eruption today
Sammy Stanley | 12 June, 2018, 00:02

An estimated 25 people, including at least three children, were killed and almost 300 injured on Sunday, officials said.

The Volcan de Fuego, or "volcano of fire", exploded in a hail of ash and molten rock Sunday, blanketing nearby villages in heavy ash and sending lava flows down the mountain's flank.

CONRED said the eruption has caused a column of ash more than 11 km above sea level, and generated strong rumblings with waves that caused vibration in roofs and windows at a distance of 20 km.

One woman told the Diario de Centroamerica that lava had poured through corn fields and she thought more people may have died. Conred disaster agency of Guatemala's general secretary, Sergio Cabanas said in a statement given on radio that, "It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village".

Firefighters said they had seen some people who were trapped, but roads were cut by pyroclastic flows and they had been unable to reach them. Some 3,100 people have been evacuated from the area.

Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon said 18 bodies had been found in San Miguel Los Lotes.

Search and rescue operations were suspended due to low light and risky conditions but were to resume early on Monday morning, he said.

An estimated 25 people, including at least three children, have been killed and almost 300 injured in the most violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano in more than four decades.

Dozens of videos appeared on social media and Guatemalan TV showing the extent of the devastation.

Villages south of the volcano in the Escuintla department were affected, too, Cabañas said.

Six dead or missing after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts
At Least 25 People Killed In Guatemala Volcano Eruption

"We were at a party, celebrating the birth of a baby, when one of the neighbors shouted at us to come out and see the that lava was coming", Lopez remembered.

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez said.

Authorities urged residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately, and warned some in Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla states to watch out for volcanic rocks and ash.

President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning. Lesser amounts of ash reached the capital of Guatemala City some 25 miles away, forcing the closure of its global airport.

Rescuers on Monday June 4, pulled at least 10 people alive from ash drifts and mud flows that poured down the slopes of Guatemala's erupting Volcano of Fire, but officials said at least 33 people were dead and the toll was expected to rise.

However, the guest and workers over the area were expelled from the Antigua's La Reunion golf club.

Pyroclastic flow is a dense, destructive mass of very hot ash, lava fragments, and gases ejected explosively from a volcano and typically flowing downslope at great speed.

The volcano, known as Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire), erupted just before noon local time.

The eruption officially ended late Sunday, said Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology.

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