Guatemala volcano ERUPTION: Devastating pictures emerge as Volcan de Fuego wreaks HAVOC

04 June, 2018, 08:21 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Seven people have been killed and 20 hurt after a volcano near Guatemala City exploded in a fiery display of ash and lava.

Video images show a charred landscape where a lava flow came into contact with homes.

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

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.

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

Volcanic ash covers parked motorcycles, brought by the Fuego Volcano, in Antigua Guatemala. The lava river was running on the other side of the volcano. "I think they ended up buried", Consuelo Hernandez, a resident of the village of El Rodeo, told the newspaper Diario de Centroamerica.

It's the second time this year it has erupted.

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Another victim was found in the streets of El Rodeo by volunteer firefighters and later died in an ambulance.

President Jimmy Morales said a national emergency response was under way.

"Currently the volcano continues to erupt and there exists a high potential for (pyroclastic) avalanches of debris", the disaster agency said late Sunday via Twitter, quoting Sanchez, the director of the seismology and volcanology institute.

Ash was falling on the Guatemala City area as well as the areas of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla, which are in south-central Guatemala around the volcano.

The active 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.

The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346 feet above sea level at its peak. The International Airport La Aurora closed its runway due to the volcanic ash as a precautionary measure.

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.

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