The most violent eruption of Fuego volcano in more than four decades.
4 June 2018 – An estimated 25 people were killed and nearly 300 injured yesterday when Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) pumped out an 8-km (5-mile) river of red hot lava.
“It’s a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the El Rodeo village. There are injured, burned and dead people,” Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala’s CONRED national disaster management agency, said on radio.
Officials said the dead were concentrated in three towns: El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes.
“Unfortunately El Rodeo was buried and we haven’t been able to reach the La Libertad village because of the lava and maybe there are people that died there too,” said CONRED’s Cabanas.
Videos showed steaming lava flowing down streets and across cornfields.
The killer volcano, located about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital, Guatemala City.
Considered one of Central America’s most active volcanoes, Volcan de Fuego blanketed nearby villages in soot and sent clouds of ash six miles into the sky.