Guatemala Volcano Erupts, Killing at Least 6

04 June, 2018, 08:18 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Volcan de Fuego started to erupt earlier today

At least one of the people killed was a disaster agency official, according to CBS News.

Villages in the Escuintla department were affected, too, CONRED Executive Secretary Sergio García Cabañas said.

"We are evacuating and rescuing people and have reports of 20 wounded, six dead and disappeared", said Cabanas.

Fuego volcano, whose name means "fire" in English, spewed an 8 km stream of red hot lava and belched a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions.

A auto is partially covered with ash after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 3, 2018. "There are injured, burned and dead people".

Dense ash blasted out by the volcano - which rises to 12,346 feet - also shut down Guatemala City's worldwide airport, civil aviation said.

Three bodies lay partially buried in ash-colored debris from the volcano, which lies about 27 miles (44 kilometers) from Guatemala City.

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The conical Volcan de Fuego is 12,346 feet above sea level at its peak. Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua, a popular tourist destination. The news outlet also said the Guatemalan military was providing help which includes clearing volcanic ash from La Aurora airport's runway.

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

Workers and guests were evacuated from the La Reunion golf club.

Explosions are still coming from the volcano, said Eddy Sánchez, director of the National Institute for Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala known as INSIVUMEH.

"It is important to remain calm because the Fuego volcano erupts throughout the year", said David de Leon, spokesman for the National Disaster Prevention Authority. "This is an bad place to be, if you are ever around an erupting volcano like this and you see a cloud moving along the ground towards you, RUN".

The huge plumes of smoke that could be seen from various parts of the country and the ash that rained down in four of Guatemala's departments caused some alarm among residents.

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