Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala

At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala

At least seven people, including three children, were killed and almost 300 injured on Sunday in the most violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano in over four decades, officials said.

National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas said an undetermined number of people were missing following the eruption.

Authorities in Guatemala say six people have been killed and 20 injured by the eruption of a volcano southwest of the capital. The explosion rained soot over the popular tourist destination and other villages in the Sacatepéquez department, covering them in ash.

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

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.

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

"People have been injured, burned and killed".


Mr Cabanas said four people died when lava set a house on fire and two children perished while standing on a bridge watching the eruption.

It is the second time that the volcano has erupted this year.

Volcan de Fuego blows outs a thick cloud of ash, blanketing villages. Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua.

Aviation authorities closed the capital's worldwide airport because of the danger posed to planes by the ash.

Volcán de Fuego is a classic example of a stratovolcano, the most picturesque and the most deadly of the volcano types, famous for being active at an nearly constant level.

David de Leon, spokesman for the National Disaster Prevention Authority said a change in wind was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the city.

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