25 dead, several injured as Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

Source: AFP | Published on 4th June 2018, 11:43 AM | Global News |

Guatemala City: Guatemala's civil defence officials said 25 people have been killed when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close.

The strong eruption was the second major one this year. The dead were from farming communities just south of the volcano who were trapped by hot lava flow, National Disaster Relief Agency spokesman David de Leon told reporters.

Another 20 people have been injured, and more than 2,000 evacuated near the volcano and several cities, including Antigua. The Spanish colonial-era city is Guatemala's top tourist attraction.

Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defence staffers tried to relocate them to shelters during the event.

Dense ash blasted out by the volcano -- which rises to 12,346 feet -- also shut down Guatemala City's international airport, civil aviation said.

Workers were cleaning ash off the runways to get the airport operating again.

Guatemala has two other active volcanoes, Santiaguito in the west and Pacaya, just south of the capital.

Read These Next

Earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border

 A 5.2-magnitude earthquake Monday struck the western Iranian province of Kermanshah bordering Iraq, authorities said, without reporting damage or casualties. ...

5.3-magnitude quake shakes Greece

5.3-magnitude quake jolted central Greece on Saturday, the national observatory said, with no immediate reports of damage. ...

UK court refuses bail to Nirav Modi

Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was denied bail a second time today as a UK court ruled that there were “substantial grounds” to believe that he would fail to surrender and also noted that “very unusually in a ...