Prayer Needed: At least 25 die in Guatemala ‘Volcano of Fire’ eruption: Closed To The World!

Death toll rises from volcano in Guatemala At least 25 people, including at least three children, have died after the most violent volcanic eruption in Guatemala in more than...
Death toll rises from volcano in Guatemala
At least 25 people, including at least three children, have died after the most violent volcanic eruption in Guatemala in more than a century, authorities said.

The Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for “Volcano of Fire,” erupted Sunday and released a 5-mile stream of lava, a pyroclastic cloud and ash that fell over nearby Guatemala City, the country’s capital.

PHOTO: A Guatemalan rescue team worker carries a girl in El Rodeo, Escuintla, Guatemala, June 3, 2018, after the eruption at Fuego volcano, which has left at least 25 dead, around 20 injured and more than 1.7 million people were affected. (Noe Perez/EPA via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: A Guatemalan rescue team worker carries a girl in El Rodeo, Escuintla, Guatemala, June 3, 2018, after the eruption at Fuego volcano, which has left at least 25 dead, around 20 injured and more than 1.7 million people were affected. (Noe Perez/EPA via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 22 miles south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, June 3, 2018. (Noe Perez/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 22 miles south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, June 3, 2018. (Noe Perez/AFP/Getty Images)

About 3,100 people were evacuated and nearly 300 have been injured after the eruption, according to the country’s disaster agency. The airport was also closed because of the danger that floating hot ash posed to aircraft.

Officials reportedly advised residents to wear masks to protect against any ash still in the air.

Smaller villages closer to the volcano, however, were severely affected. Rivers of lava poured into several villages, with media reports showing images of charred bodies and injured residents covered in ash.

PHOTO: The Fuego Volcano in eruption, seen from Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 40 miles southwest of Guatemala City, June 3, 2018. (Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: The Fuego Volcano in eruption, seen from Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 40 miles southwest of Guatemala City, June 3, 2018. (Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 22 miles south of Guatemala City, June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of the Fuego volcano. (Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Residents of several communities safeguard in a temporary shelter in Escuintla department, 22 miles south of Guatemala City, June 3, 2018, for fear of new outbursts of the Fuego volcano. (Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

One woman who narrowly escaped from a lava flow told news outlet Diario de Centroamerica, “Not everyone escaped. I think they were buried.”

 

Footage showed rescue teams working in darkness trying to enter homes to look for trapped residents, particularly the elderly.

PHOTO: Houses covered by ashes during the eruption of the 'Volcan de Fuego', in Acatenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala, June 3, 2018. (Prensa Libre/Xinhua/Newscom)
PHOTO: Houses covered by ashes during the eruption of the ‘Volcan de Fuego’, in Acatenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala, June 3, 2018. (Prensa Libre/Xinhua/Newscom)
 

Fuego’s eruption is the biggest since 1902, when the Santa Maria volcano erupted, killed thousands of people.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he was convening his ministers and considering declaring a state of emergency in several of the affected areas.

Officials warn that the eruption still poses a risk, especially given the possibility of continued pyroclastic flows.

Sources:Yahoo

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