Only a few of Guatemala volcano's dead have been identified

Clay Curtis
June 5, 2018

Six people are dead or missing and 20 have been injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday sending a river of lava flowing into a village.

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

Around 300 people have been injured since the eruption on Sunday that sent columns ash and smoke 6.2 miles into the sky, dusting several regions with ash.

The institute also warned of the possibility of lahars - when water mixes with volcanic deposits forming a destructive debris flow - which could affect villages and hamlets to the south, south-west and south-east.

Officials said they evacuated more than 3,000 people.

Rescue operations had been suspended until Monday morning due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions.

Stunning videos have emerged on social media, showing the terrifying power possessed by Mother Nature.

The eruption of Vesuvius, in Italy, in 79 AD produced a powerful pyroclastic flow, burying the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum under a thick blanket of ash.

Another victim was found in the streets of El Rodeo by volunteer firefighters and later died in an ambulance.

The volcano is some 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital, Guatemala City, and is close to the colonial city of Antigua, which is popular with tourists and is known for its coffee plantations.

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An undetermined number were missing, and authorities feared the toll could rise.

One of Central America's most active volcanos, the conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346 feet (3,763 meters) above sea level at its peak.

At first, we thought it had started to rain but then I heard something hitting my safety helmet and I said to one of my colleagues: "This is not rain, these are stones!"

Rescue workers walk through an area affected by eruption from Fuego volcano in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes in Escuintla, Guatemala June 4, 2018. The deep ravines on the volcano's slopes were already filled with lava, Mazariegos said, and there was no way to tell how a new flow might spread.

Authorities in Guatemala say 18 more people have been confirmed killed by a volcanic eruption, raising the death toll to 25.

Dense ash blasted out by the volcano shut down Guatemala City's global airport, civil aviation officials said.

President Jimmy Morales and his government declared three days of mourning and a state of emergency for Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez, which must still be ratified by Congress.

The Ring of Fire is a horseshoe-shaped zone that can be traced along the rim of the Pacific Ocean, where numerous world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Inside the flow temperatures can vary from 200 to 700 degrees Celsius, offering little chance of escape to people in their way.

In El Rodeo on Monday, heavily armed soldiers wearing blue masks to avoid breathing in ash stood guard behind yellow tape cordoning off the disaster scene.

David de Leon, a CONRED spokesman, said a change in wind was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the capital.

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