Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts, several killed, hundreds injured

Guatemala volcano erupts suddenly, multiple deaths

"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.

He said on radio a river of lava has overwhelmed a village.

Officials fear more people may be dead or injured.

A auto is partially covered with ash after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 3, 2018.

The active volcano is located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital Guatemala City.

Officials said the dead were so far all concentrated in three towns: El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes.

The number of people killed by the powerful eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala increased to 25, Guatemala's disaster agency reported, while the number of injured people has risen to some 300.

A towering cloud of smoke from Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "volcano of fire", 44 kilometers from Guatemala City has also blanketed nearby villages in heavy ash.

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There were no immediate reports of any casualties, but authorities are advising those close to the crater to evacuate the area.

The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 3,763 metres above sea level at its peak.

A woman who was covered in ash told the Diario de Centroamerica that lava had poured through corn fields.

The capital's global airport has also been closed due to the danger the ash poses to planes.

Lesser amounts of ash fell on Guatemala City, which is 44km (27 miles) from the volcano. Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua, a popular tourist destination.

The runway was closed due to the presence of volcanic ash and in order to guarantee passenger and aircraft safety, Guatemala's civil aviation authority said in a Tweet. A video circulating on social media showed a black cloud of ash rising from just beyond the golf club.

It's the second time this year it has erupted. "This is an very 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".

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