VOLCANO OF FIRE

Watch as Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts, spewing ash 6 miles into the air

Thick clouds of ash.
Thick clouds of ash.
Image: Reuters/Luis Echeverria
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Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego, one of Central America’s most active volcanos, erupted Sunday (June 3), killing an estimated 25 people, including three children, and injuring more than 300.

Volcán de Fuego, whose name means the “Volcano of Fire,” spewed lava and thick clouds of smoke nearly 6 miles into the air, according to CONRED, the government’s national disaster management agency. It’s the volcano’s second eruption this year.

In this image taken with a long exposure, the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, spews hot molten rock from its crater in Alotenango, Guatemala, Sunday, June 3, 2018. Rescuers struggled to reach rural residents cut off by the deadly volcanic eruption Sunday. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, spews hot molten rock from its crater in Alotenango, Guatemala, Sunday.
Image: AP Photo/Luis Soto

Some 3,100 people have been evacuated from the affected areas, and CONRED’s director Sergio García Cabañas said the explosion could affect 1.7 million people. Cabañas said because the town of El Rodeo was “buried,” rescue workers haven’t been able to reach the village of La Libertad, where there may be more casualties.

A rescue worker helps a woman covered with ash after Fuego volcano erupted violently in El Rodeo, Guatemala June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Fabricio Alonzo - RC1936B8FE70
A rescue worker helps a woman in El Rodeo, one of the most affected areas.
Image: Reuters/Fabricio Alonzo
A soldier takes a rescued child covered with ash to a hospital after Fuego volcano erupted violently in El Rodeo, Guatemala June 3, 2018.
A soldier takes a rescued child to the hospital.
Image: Reuters/Fabricio Alonzo

La Aurora International Airport, which is 25 miles away from the eruption site, had to shut down its only runway because it was covered in ash.

Children play at a basketball court covered with ash after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 3, 2018. REUTERS/ Luis Echeverria
Children play at a basketball court covered with ash.
Image: Reuters/ Luis Echeverria