Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Volcano lava river runs into Guatemala village, several killed

Volcano lava river runs into Guatemala village, several killed

Lava rivers descend on the town of El Rodeo in Escuintla, 35 km south of Guatemala City, catching people unawares and killing them in their homes.

Twenty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, officials say.

Volcanic ash covers parked motorcycles, brought by the Fuego Volcano, in Antigua Guatemala. Two children were burned to death as they watched the volcano's second eruption this year from a bridge, he added. Locals, meanwhile, have shared dramatic photos and videos showing a massive ash column reaching to the sky. At least 3,100 people had evacuated, while the nearby areas are host to some 1.7 million people, CBS News reported.

More than 3,100 people have been evacuated while search and rescue efforts continue into the night, said Sergio García Cabañas, director of the agency.

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.

Authorities have confirmed that at least seven people were killed and over 300 injured.

The eruption officially ended late Sunday, according to the Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology.

Richard added: "We knew it was active, it's all part of the experience, you go up and see the lava, that's the point of climbing Acatenango".

The eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora global airport to shut down its only runway.

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

Officials have advised citizens to wear masks due to falling ash, which has been raining down in four of Guatemala's administrative regions.

The volcano spewed a river of red lava and sent a thick cloud of black smoke and ash into the sky causing more than 300 people to be evacuated from nearby villages and forcing the capital's La Aurora global airport to shut down its only runway.

Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon said today the bodies were found in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes.

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