June 23, 2018

Guatemala Volcano - The Most Brutal Eruption, Killing Nearly 25

11 June 2018, 11:59 | Taylor George

A man watches as Volcano Fuego erupts

A man watches as Volcano Fuego erupts

It is estimated that the eruption has taken lives of 25 people that also included no less than 3 children and injured around 300 people on Sunday.

The most well-known example of the consequences of a pyroclastic flow can be found in Italy where the two Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were covered under a thick blanket of ash in 79 AD.

The very top of it reaches a height of 3,763 meters above sea level.

"Not everyone was able to get out", Consuelo Hernandez, a resident of the village of El Rodeo, told local newspaper Diario de Centroamerica, according to the Associated Press. "There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency, said on radio.

Around 3,100 people have been evacuated from nearby communities into shelters.

Search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light and unsafe conditions, and will resume early on Monday morning, he said.

Renato Cortez (L) is helped by friend Alex Ruiz to look for his family at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes, Escuintla, Guatemala 7 June, 2018.

Dozens of videos making the rounds on social media and Guatemalan TV showing widespread devastation. People living in villages near the volcano didn't have much time or warning to escape the lava flow, reports CBS News correspondent Don Dahler.

Among the fatalities four people were killed when lava set a house on fire in El Rodeo village, Cabanas said.

A soldier takes a rescued child covered with ash to hospital
A soldier takes a rescued child covered with ash to hospital

"We were at a party, celebrating the birth of a baby, when one of the neighbors shouted at us to come out and see the that lava was coming", Lopez remembered.

Volcan de Fuego, situated on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez, sent out an 8km stream of lava, with smoke and ash surrounding the area.

"Temperatures in the pyroclastic flow can exceed 700 degrees Celsius and volcanic ash can rain down on a 15 kilometre radius", said Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute.

President Jimmy Morales has announced three days of mourning.

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.

The Fuego volcano is one of Latin America's most active volcanos, is bout 40km (25 miles) south-west of the capital Guatemala City.

The volcano is located some 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.

Wounded and traumatised survivors of the Fuego volcanic eruption in Guatemala are being rushed to hospital by the Red Cross, as urgent work continues to evacuate communities from the danger zone.

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