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Guatemala volcano erupts, killing children as lava spews into village

Guatemala volcano erupts, killing children as lava spews into village

Israeli trained first responders in Guatemala are also on their way to help after the Volcan de Fuego erupted on Sunday, spewing molten rock, ash and black smoke into the sky, in what is thought to be the worst eruption since 1974, according to local experts.

A volcano southwest of Guatemala's capital has erupted for the second time this year, setting off loud explosions and spewing ash almost four miles into the sky. Workers recounted finding bodies so thickly coated with ash they appeared to be statues.

Bottom line: Reports indicate at least 25 dead and hundreds injured from Sunday's powerful eruption of Volcan de Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes.

Unlike the Hawaii volcano, which has destroyed homes with slow-moving lava, the Fuego volcano unleashed fast-moving pyroclastic flow - a nasty mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases that can be much more unsafe than lava. At least 20 people were injured.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales declared a national emergency and three days of mourning.

Officials have warned there could be more eruptions, and have urged residents to be on alert for potential mudslides.

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"The toll was 25 dead as of 9pm (1pm AEST)", said spokesman for the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), via a WhatsApp group message, according to news.com.au.

Cabanas did not rule out the number of dead increasing, as there are "missing persons, but we do not know how many".

Lesser amounts of ash fell on Guatemala City, which is 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the volcano.

According to the country's disaster agency CONRED, the volcano, located 25 miles south-west of the capital Guatemala City, erupted and flooded the surrounding area with lava and thick clouds of ash that reached almost six miles into the sky.

Volcanic ash covers parked motorcycles.

"Villages are right on the foothills of the mountain", Cabrera said.

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More than 3,100 people have been evacuated while search and rescue efforts continue into the night, said Sergio García Cabañas, director of the disaster agency.

As the ABC is reporting, the initial explosion was followed four hours later by lava flows which reached temperatures of up to 700 degrees Celsius.

Dramatic video showed a fast-moving flow of mud, ash and slurry slamming into and partly destroying a bridge on a highway between the towns of Sacatepequez and Escuintla.

It is near the colonial city of Antigua. Some ash reached the capital of Guatemala City about 25 miles away, forcing the closure of its worldwide airport.

Aviation authorities there closed the worldwide airport due to the potential danger to planes by the ash, the AP reported.

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