Guatemala volcanic eruption kills 25

Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption has claimed lives

Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption has claimed lives

A search was underway for the missing, though first responders efforts were hindered by the lava flow, officials said.

A vehicle is partially covered with ash after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 3, 2018.

At least seven people were killed and many more injured in the eruption of Volcan de Fuego, near Guatemala City.

One video published by news outlet Telediario purportedly taken in the El Rodeo village showed three bodies strewn atop a lava flow, as rescuers arrived to attend to an elderly man caked from head to toe in ash and mud. "I think they ended up buried", Consuelo Hernandez, a resident of the village of El Rodeo, told the newspaper Diario de Centroamerica.

Guatemala's disaster agency said 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities, and ash fall from the eruption was affecting an area with a population of about 1.7 million of the country's 15 million or so people. A massive stream of lava could also be seen running through the region.

"People have been injured, burned and killed".


Eddy Sanchez, the director of Guatemala's seismology and volcanology institute shockingly warned the temperatures of lava reached up to 700C (1,300F). Two of the dead were children who burnt to death as they watched the eruption from a bridge, officials said. Another victim was found in the streets of El Rodeo by volunteer firefighters, but the person died in an ambulance.

Ash has effected not only Guatemala City but the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, and the popular tourist destination colonial town Antigua.

The Volcan de Fuego, or "volcano of fire", exploded in a hail of ash and molten rock shortly before noon Sunday, blanketing nearby villages in heavy ash.

It was the 3,763-metre volcano's second eruption this year.

The Guatemalan military said it was providing assistance including clearing volcanic ash from La Aurora airport's runway.

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