Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Guatemala volcano: Dozens dead, injured or missing after Fuego volcano erupts

Guatemala volcano erupts suddenly, multiple deaths Guatemala volcano ERUPTION: Devastating pictures emerge as Volcan de Fuego wreaks HAVOC
Jay Anderson | 04 June, 2018, 08:22

One of Central America's most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock Sunday.

One village was extremely affected by running lava causing deaths and injuries.

More than 20 people have been injured.

Sergio Cabañas, head of the national disaster agency, said lava had changed course and "buried" the village of El Rodeo, killing four people including an agency official.

The volcano spewed black smoke and ash into the sky, prompting the evacuation of some 100 people and forcing the capital's La Aurora worldwide airport to shut down its only runway.

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

Officials said the dead were so far all concentrated in three towns: El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes.




The eruption forced 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 on Twitter.

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

"We have shut it down as a precautionary measure for the planes because the volcanic ash is harmful to the turbines", the airport spokesman, Francis Argueta said.

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

A volcano southwest of Guatemala's capital has erupted for the second time this year, setting off loud explosions and spewing ash almost four miles into the sky.

Workers and guests were evacuated from La Reunion golf club near Antigua as a black cloud of ash rose from just beyond the club's limits. "That could cause more mud flows and nearby rivers to burst their banks", said Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute.

Guatemala's disaster agency said 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities, and ash fall from the eruption was affecting an area with about 1.7 million of country's 15 million or so people.

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