Last Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption kills 25


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June 4, 2018:  Volcán de Fuego in southern Guatemala began a violent volcanic eruption claiming lives of atleast 25 people.

Another 46 people are missing, the  the authorities from Guatemala’s natural disaster commission, known as Conred said.
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Villages on the slopes of Fuego volcano were buried in volcanic ash, mud and rocks as the volcano erupted for 16 and a half hours on Sunday.

The volcano, which sits less than 30 miles from the capital, Guatemala City, erupted just before noon Sunday and continued to spew ash, rocks and gas into the air. A second powerful eruption followed at 6:45 p.m, The New York Times reported.

The ashfall forced the shutdown of La Aurora International Airport, the country's primary airport, where Guatemalan military have been deployed to keep ash off the tarmac.
  
President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning.

Volcán de Fuego or Chi'gag ("Volcano of Fire") is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala, on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez departments.

It is the most deadly eruption in the country since the Santa Maria volcano eruption of 1902.