Guatemala volcano erupts, killing children as lava spews into village

Guatemala volcano erupts, killing children as lava spews into village

"There are injured, burned and dead people", said Sergio Cabanas, general secretary of Guatemala's CONRED disaster management agency.

Dense ash blasted out by the volcano shut down Guatemala City's worldwide airport, civil aviation said. An undetermined number were missing, and authorities feared the toll could rise. He added that 3,100 people had evacuated the area so far.

After shooting up some 10,000 meters into the air, the residue "advanced more than 40 kilometers" with the direction of the wind, Conred said, noting that the eruption "generated strong reverberations with shock waves causing vibration in roofs and windows at a distance of 20 kilometers". Images in the news media and on social media showed people and villages caked in ash. Four other people were killed, including a disaster agency official, after a house caught fire from the lava. "I think they ended up buried", Consuelo Hernandez, a resident of the village of El Rodeo, told the newspaper Diario de Centroamerica.

The stratovolcano - a volcano built from layers of ash and lava - "has erupted on and off for centuries", according to the U.S.

The worldwide airport in Guatemala City - around 27 miles away - was forced to close, after the runway and aircrafts were covered with volcanic materials.

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

Workers and guests were evacuated from La Reunion golf club near Antigua as a black cloud of ash rose from just beyond the club's limits.

There was no immediate word on whether Israel would send search and rescue teams or other aid to the country, where lava flows have blocked roads, destroyed bridges and hampered rescue efforts.

Fuego volcano has been spewing ash and smoke.

"Temperatures in the pyroclastic flow can exceed 700 degrees (Celsius) and volcanic ash can rain down on a 15 km radius".

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

BBC News reports officials advised residents to wear masks as ash fell.

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