Guatemala Volcano Erupts, Killing at Least 6

04 June, 2018, 11:25 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Six dead or missing after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

Officials have warned that the death toll is expected to rise, reports the Independent.

The Fuego Volcano in eruption, seen from Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 40 miles southwest of Guatemala City. Then it began sending lava flows down the mountain's flank and across homes and roads around 4 p.m.

Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 700 C.

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

Dozens of videos were popping up on social media and local TV, depicting the extent of devastation.

"Not everyone was able to get out".

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"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez told local news outlet Diario de Centroamerica in a video.

Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers, worked to rescue any survivors and recover any more bodies amid the still-smoking lava.

More than 100 people have been injured.

Rescue operations were suspended until 5:00 A.M. (1100 GMT) due to unsafe conditions and inclement weather, said Cecilio Chacaj, a spokesman for the municipal firefighters' department.

Among the fatalities four people were killed when lava set a house on fire in El Rodeo village, Cabanas said.

The Guatemala volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America and is located merely 40km from Guatemala City.

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Most of the victims reported initially were from the village of El Rodeo, according to Guatemala's El Periódico newspaper. Shelters were opened for those forced to flee.

The stratovolcano - a volcano built from layers of ash and lava - "has erupted on and off for centuries", according to the U.S.

President Jimmy Morales informed that a national emergency response team has been activated.

Volcan de Fuego, situated on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez, sent out an 8km stream of lava, with smoke and ash surrounding the area. The International Airport La Aurora closed its runway due to the volcanic ash as a precautionary measure.

Tourists can take guided tours up the Volcan de Fuego's neighbour peak to view the frequent volcanic activity.

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