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Fuego Volcano Erupts in Guatemala

Another volcano has erupted, this time in Guatemala. For the second time this year, the Fuego volcano has erupted, spewing ash and smoke across the skies, and sending molten lava to flatten villages. The volcano is located about 25 miles southwest of the Capital, Guatemala City and a change in wind direction sent ash falling from the sky over the area.

According to the Guatemalan government, at least seven people are confirmed dead and over three hundred people have been injured since the eruption began in the early morning of June 3.  Loud sirens blared for hours and the volcano shot ash nearly four miles into the sky.

 

President Jimmy Morales ordered a national emergency response and the La Aurora airport has been closed due to the weather conditions. The head of the National Disaster Prevention Authority Sergio Cabañas has been keeping the press updated on the activity of the volcano, including the injured, killed and the direction changes of the flowing lava and falling ash.

David de Leon, spokesman for the National Disaster Prevention Authority said,“It is important to remain calm because the Fuego volcano erupts throughout the year.” In total, about one million people have been affected by the volcanic eruption, with ash and smoke covering many populated areas. Officials have warned citizens to cover their faces when they are outside to protect themselves, as ash fell in administrative neighborhoods. Many officials fear the death toll will rise and a member of the National Disaster Prevention Authority is confirmed among the dead.

Villages like San Pedro Yepocapa and Sangre de Cristo were covered with ash and soot, while raging lava destroyed corn fields and people are being evacuated as soon as possible. The Guatemalan military said it was helping to clear volcanic ash from the airport’s only runway.  The La Reunion golf club is one place that was evacuated, and many people posted videos and photos on social media of the cloud of smoke erupting from the volcano.