Volcano eruption in Central America kills 25 injures hundreds

Guatemala Fuego volcano

Rescuers using heavy machinery and shovels found the bodies of several more victims of an eruption at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire on Monday, and rescuers pulled 10 people still alive from ash drifts and mud flows.

But there are huge differences between Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption, which killed 25 people on Sunday, and Hawaii's recent Kilauea eruption, which hasn't killed anyone but keeps wreaking havoc one month later.

Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes are among the villages affected but the effects of the eruption have been felt as far as the capital, some 40km (25 miles) south-west of Fuego.

Explosions are still coming from the volcano, said Eddy Sanchez, director of the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology.

The eruption of the 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano sent ash billowing over the surrounding area, turning plants and trees gray and blanketing streets, cars and people.

The volcanic eruption on Sunday spewed a river of red, hot lava and belched thick clouds of smoke almost 10,000 metres above sea level, CNN quoted the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) as saying.

"We saw the lava was pouring through the corn fields and we ran towards a hill".

"This eruption at Fuego was explosive, sending hot debris down the steep sides of the volcano to make the pyroclastic flows", said Erik W. Klemetti, associate professor of geosciences at Denison University.

Guatemala City's worldwide airport has re-opened after it was closed by falling ash from the eruption of the Volcano of Fire to the west.

The quake comes as explosions could be heard coming from Guatemala's Fuego volcano throughout the day Monday, covering local communities in volcanic rock and ash.

Fuego has been erupting since 2002, and was continuously active in 2017.

Cabanas says four people died when lava set a house on fire and two children were burned to death while standing on a bridge watching the eruption. Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales responded to the incident by announcing three days of national mourning, lamenting the "deep pain" and "irreparable losses" caused by the tragedy.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed bodies strewn atop the lava flow, which was around 5 miles long at one point.

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Mr de Leon a change in wind was to blame for thevolcanic ash falling on parts of the city.

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