Death toll climbs from volcano's explosions of ash, molten rock in Guatemala

Guatemala volcano

Guatemala volcano

Seven people have been killed and almost 300 injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, officials say.

The Volcán de Fuego has spewed a stream of lava into a nearby village and sent a column of smoke and ash into the sky.

"We are evacuating and rescuing people and have reports of 20 wounded, six dead and disappeared", said Mr Cabanas.

Authorities have confirmed that at least seven people were killed and over 300 injured. "There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency, said on radio.

Flows of lava have reportedly struck at least one village, causing deaths and injuries.

An employee sweeps the entrance of a gas station covered with ash after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 3, 2018. The ash landed all over the villages of San Pedro Yepocapa and Sangre de Cristo.


The volcano is located some 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital Guatemala City and is close to the colonial city of Antigua, popular with tourists and known for its coffee plantations.

Sunday's eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora global airport to shut down.

Photos from the scene showed massive plumes of black smoke in the air.

Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon says about 300 people have been evacuated from nearby villages, which are being blanketed by ash as fiery smoke billows almost four miles into the sky.

Officials have advised citizens to wear masks due to falling ash, which has been raining down in four of Guatemala's administrative regions.

It is the second time the volcano has erupted this year, setting off loud explosions and spewing ash almost four miles into the sky.

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